Boley Elementary School to be rebuilt at original site

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Boley Elementary School in West Monroe will be rebuilt at its original site, according to school leaders.

On Tuesday, May 14, the Ouachita Parish School Board voted to rebuild the school where it originally stood, at 2213 Cypress Street.

Boley Elementary burned to the ground in a massive fire on April 13, 2019. The fire is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.

Boley teachers say they are ready to move forward and have a permanent place to call home.

"It's just hard to carry on day to day without knowing what’s coming next. But we got the answer that we hope for. We love our little school and our community of students," said Boley Elementary principal Sandy Bates.

The new facility will have enough room for everyone and be able to hold 300 students.

Superintendent Don Coker says building a new facility is the best way to keep students on track.

“Boley Elementary has a great reputation of being high poverty, high performing school. By building that school back we think that our students will continue to be very successful as they go into their middle school and high school years,” said Coker.

“They’ve given us that complex right at 25,000 square feet. To with very minimal expense to convert into Boley elementary for the next year, year and a half,” said Coker.

Coker says the mission behind this project goes far beyond building a new school

"Putting people back together and putting students back together and putting the community back together, it’s something we took the first step today to try and start putting these lives back together.”

School officials are currently working with an insurance company to see how much of the cost their insurance will cover.

For the 2019-2020 school year, students will be temporarily housed by SUM Bible College on Glenwood drive, just five minutes from Boley.