Apr 17, 2014 8:18 AM by AP (MGN Online)
The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board has taken steps toward demolishing the old Cohn High School campus, authorizing school district officials to begin the bidding process to tear down the historic buildings.
The Advocate reports the board's action comes after years of complaints that the campus, closed for several decades, had become an eyesore and likely a setting for illegal activity.
Cohn High, built in 1949 in Port Allen, was the city's first black K-12 public school during the days of segregation.
Members of the Cohn High Alumni Association attended the school board meeting Wednesday night in a show of support for the demolition. The group also urged the school board to keep them in the loop on any future plans for the site.