VPSB to lease space at Leesville Industrial Park for buses

LEESVILLE -- The Vernon Parish School Board's transportation committee on Tuesday recommended that the full panel sign off on an item to enter into a lease agreement with the City of Leesville for space at the city's industrial park.

The Leesville City Council on Monday voted to authorize the mayor to enter into a lease agreement with board.

The school board's full vote Tuesday was unanimous toward the lease's approval.

The school system wants to utilize "Industrial Park Building C" to house about 60 school system buses.

The park is located on U.S. 171 South, just north of the city.

District 8 School Board Member Gerald Cooley, who chairs the board's transportation committee, said the school system would pay $1,200 a month. The lease would be for 10 years, with a provision that the school board or the city could pull out with 90 days' notice.

Officials said the school board would be responsible for minor maintenance at the site. They said the site larger than the space currently being leased by the School Board near Anacoco.

Leesville Mayor Rick Allen on Monday said he's hoping the School Board's occupancy will attract tenants.

"As you well know, there's nothing that has happened up there in a long time. So, this would give us the presence of people being there and things there. Our police department will patrol it a little more and give us a little visibility and hopefully, attract some more renters," Allen said.

Allen called the proposal a "win-win." He said the area is spacious and secure.

Vernon Parish's 2014-2015 school year begins on Aug. 12.
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