Marion School Building May Turn Into Community Center

The mayor of Marion updated the Union Parish School board on the future of a school closed down this summer.
FARMERVILLE -- The mayor of Marion updated the Union Parish School board on the future of a school closed down this summer.

Marion Elementary School was closed a few months ago. The students were transferred to Farmerville Elementary.

On Monday night, mayor Kenneth Franklin told the board that he would like to keep the building and property. He says the town is looking into turning it into a community center.

Superintendent George Cannon says this can be a win for everyone.

"We can see if we can create some kind of opportunity for the Marion community to take possession of that building, find a use for it on its own, and give them probably a lease on that building for two or three years until they can find a use for it," he said. "We're going work hard to make it work."

Nothing was voted on yet tonight, and Marion officials still have time to decide what exactly to do with the building.

Also tonight, Superintendent Cannon said he wants to form a committee to help better manage the athletic program.
The committee will set policies and direction for the program.

"We need to put a lot of structure behind the athletic program itself, for us to build a vision of what we want our athletic programs to look like," he said. "So that we can better communicate to our coaches the expectations we have. And also listen to our coaches in what they have to say about the things we have to do to have more support for athletics all the way around. As a smaller district, the purpose of this is for us to put in place a structure for all athletics in junior high or high school so that everyone understands what the rules are."

The board plans to look toward Lincoln Parish for advice on how they manage their program.

Another item on the agenda was a request by the town to use Union Parish school buses to transport local area students taking part in football games from the Willie Davis Rec Center. The cost will be paid by the town and the transport will only be on Saturdays in the fall. The board approved the item. 
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