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The Ouachita Parish School Board agreed to sign a commercial lease with the Assembly West Monroe earlier this week to use some 22,000 square feet of day care space for Boley Elementary School’s displaced students and staff.

The School Board acted on the matter Tuesday during its regular meeting.

Under the commercial lease, the School Board would pay the Assembly $10,000 a month for a 12-month term before paying on a monthly basis.

“The amount of work that has been put into this is unreal,” said Ouachita Parish Schools Superintendent Don Coker.

“We’re going to be very good stewards of the facility you are loaning to us. We appreciate the Assembly and how great y’all have been to work with us to make this happen.”

The Assembly operates its day care center, Assembly Kidz Care, on Glenwood Drive near the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

“Part of the building was available, so the church will occupy one part and Boley will occupy the other,” said Elmer Noah, an attorney with the Monroe law firm Hammonds, Sills, Adkins and Guice.

Noah serves as the School Board’s legal counsel.

According to School Board officials, the rebuilding of Boley on Cypress Street could take about 18 months. Demolition and asbestos abatement of the fire-destroyed Boley Elementary property is expected to begin next week, according to school system project manager Kenneth Slusher.

Some 230 students attend Boley. They are currently housed at George Welch Elementary. Boley’s kindergarten to fifth grade students will be relocated while Boley’s pre-kindergarten students will continue at Crosley Elementary School’s pre-K program.

Meanwhile, the School Board voted to make The Ouachita Citizen its Official Journal for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

School Board member Scotty Waggoner offered the motion. School Board member Shere May second Waggoner’s motion. The vote was unanimous.

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