CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Monday put the finishing touches on the sale of a former park to the Slaughter Community Charter School.
Jurors also accepted the lowest of five bids on a repaving project that will involve work on 43.5 miles of parish roads.
The jury is selling 10.7 acres of land to the charter school for $150,000.
The school is using the property for its temporary buildings, but its board has applied for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan for a permanent facility.
The school, which is affiliated with the parish public school system, has grades seven to 11 and will add the 12th grade next school year.
The charter board said in a statement that its members are pursuing the USDA loan because it offers a lower interest rate that could save the school as much as $300,000 annually.
The board hopes to begin construction this fall to have the school ready for occupancy for the 2016-17 school year.
The jury had agreed to sell the property earlier this year but learned they had to formally declare the property as surplus and hold a public hearing on the sale, at which no one spoke against the agreement.
R.J. Daigle and Sons Contractors, of Gonzales, submitted the low bid of $1,948,289 for the road overlay project, with three other bidders’ offers topping $2 million and one exceeding $3 million.
Parish Manager J.R. Rouchon said the work involves some 50 roads. The jury plans to hire an engineering firm to inspect the contractor’s work.
The jury voted to move more than $2 million from various funds to the construction program, including the $150,000 gained from the school property sale.
On another matter, jurors approved an agreement with movie production FSO Jones LLC to allow the parish’s antebellum courthouse to be used during the filming of the movie “The Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey.
The company is paying the jury $30,000 for use of the property and is providing a $5 million insurance policy and a $100,000 contract performance bond.
The jury’s Building and Grounds Committee, along with Clinton lawyer Leslie Ligon and historic preservation expert Ann Reiley Jones, developed the contract in talks with the production company.
“The main thing was to protect the courthouse, and I believe we’ve done that,” committee Chairman Dwight Hill said.