Uncertain plans for Doyline school

Uncertain plans for Doyline school

A local school remains empty after being closed for more than two years. Tonight neighbors want the eyesore turned into something positive for the community.
A local school remains empty after being closed for more than two years. Tuesday night neighbors want the eyesore turned into something positive for the community.

Union Elementary School in Doyline closed in 2011. Zion Baptist Church was going to take over the school, but that plan ended up not happening. Now the school continues to sit vacant.  Broken glass and graphic images are sprayed across the walls inside of the school.

Dorothy Peoples can be found in the afternoons walking around the campus. However the way the cafeteria looks now isn't how she remembers the school looking when her mother was the cafeteria manager.

“Just vacant doesn't inspire people and it doesn't do anything for the community."

Pastor Richard Jefferson of New Zion Baptist Church wanted to turn the school into a community center, but the deal fell through.

There are visible signs showing the school has been broken into on several occasions. Fire extinguishers were also sprayed throughout the building.

Jefferson says insurance, repair and cleanup costs would amount to $75,000. Jefferson told the Webster Parish School Board earlier this month the cost is what prompted his congregation to decide to build their own family life center.

Neighbors told NBC 6 News about rumors regarding the school reopening for other purposes. The board still hasn't given any indication of what those future plans could be.

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