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|Title resolved on old Shaw school|
The Concordia Parish School Board opted not to lease three pieces of school property for hunting and adopted a resolution to clear up a legal matter involving the old school building and property at Shaw.
This action was taken during the board's regular meeting Thursday night.
The board passed a resolution to clear up legal title to the old Shaw school building which sits on 1.25 acres of land at Shaw. Lyndu Cantu, the secretary to the superintendent, researched the matter. She said that clear title to the property had never been recorded at the courthouse in the name of the Louisiana Department Wildlife & Fisheries, which bought the land four decades ago.
In 1939 a quarter-acre of property was given the School Board by Abner Maxwell, who owned the Grand Cutoff Plantation at Shaw. A one room school building was constructed and in 1950, Maxwell donated an additional acre. A condition to each donation was that if a school was no longer in operation that the land would revert back to the original property owner. In 1957 a new brick school house was constructed on the site.
Cantu said that research revealed that when the process of school integration began in 1965, that the Shaw school was closed, and all students there transported to Vidalia schools beginning in the 1966-67 school year. At the time, the school was operating as an elementary for grades 1 through 8, and had an enrollment of 23. It had operated as a white school since its inception.
For the next three years, the board used the vacant building to store property, including desks. In 1968, the Grand Cutoff Plantation property was sold to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. Upon abandonment of the school, the property and school should have reverted to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries who, at the time, were the property owners.
For some reason, the LDWF never gained clear title to the property and the board's resolution last week was to clarify that it no longer claimed ownership of the land and building.
In other business, on a 5-3 vote with board president Gary Parnham abstaining, the board decided not to lease board property for hunting due to liability issues. The board considered three properties for leasing -- one piece along Airport Road, a piece on the north end of Lake St. John and a piece adjacent to the Red River Wildlife Management Area.
Voting not to lease the land were Fred Butcher, Raymond Riley, Ricky Raven, Diane Baker and Deani Roberts. Favoring leasing the property and opposing Riley's motion not to lease the land were Martha Rabb, Mary Campbell and Daryl Price.
In other business, the board voted to hire attorney David Ware of Metairie on an hourly rate to handle a legal matter involving a visa for a teacher at Ferriday Elementary.
In personnel matters, the board approved the following:
Brooke Terry, teacher, Ferriday Lower, maternity leave, November 13, 2009-January 29, 2010.
Tara Dale, teacher Ferriday Lower, return from extended medical leave, September 8, 2009.
Christine Roberts, teacher, Vidalia Upper, extended medical leave, upon exhaustion of accumulated sick leave, effective October 5, 2009.
Velma Fortune, 5 hr. Central Office maid, 2.5 hr. sweeper, Vidalia Upper, to full-time, 8 hour office maid at Central Office locations, school level maintenance, effective October 12, 2009.
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