WEST MONROE, La. (4/18/19) — Barricades now blocking the entrance to Boley Elementary School.
In a special meeting Thursday morning, Superintendent Dr. Don Coker revealed last weekend’s massive fire caused by a powerful lightning strike exposed dangerous conditions.
“The Ouachita Parish School Board in a legally convened meeting here by certifies that a public emergency exist due to the possible exposure of the public to asbestos in a hazardous state at the school site,” said Coker.
Coker said it’s important to keep people away from the school.
“We need no one around that school site the asbestos is still out there it’s just in a burned form,” said Coker.
For now a 6-foot fence will be installed and there will be a security detail.
“We have a law officer from West Monroe PD that will be on site 24-hours a day to secure the area,” said Coker.
Safety their top concern — declaring the emergency allows them to negotiate contracts for testing and demolition without having to go through the bidding process.
Making it the first step on the road to rebuild as students return to their new schools for the first time on Tuesday.
“The immediate future is Boley students will be heading to George Welch elementary for the remainder of this school year,” said Coker. “We have one class of Pre-K that will be attending Crosley Pre-K School.”
Dr. Coker said no students or teachers were impacted by asbestos before the fire.
The school district will have to pay a $200,000 deductible.