Home of championship high school basketball teams for decades, the Holden School gym will host Rocket athletics for years to come.

Thursday night, the Livingston Parish School Board voted to accept a bid for the first in a series of renovations to the gym.

School officials said the building was constructed sometime in the 1940s or 1950s, and recently, there was discussion about tearing it down and starting over. But board President Malcolm Sibley said the gym is “historically important to the community” and the school, which has about 750 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.

It hosted a powerhouse boys team in the 1960s and a dominant girls team in the 1990s, both of which won state championships, Sibley said.

The board voted to accept a $284,700 bid to replace the gym’s roof, as well as the school’s cafeteria and special education building.

“It’s been long overdue,” Sibley said.

In the coming weeks, the board also will review bids for interior improvements — new lighting, fresh paint, improved acoustics, and work on the ceiling, floor and exhaust fans. A single bid for that job was reviewed Thursday, but architect Jim Ziler said the bidder’s paperwork was noncompliant, and it was rejected.

Ziler expects work on the roof to begin in a few weeks and estimated that renovations probably could take about a year to complete.

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