Jeff Davis

Dec 19, 2013 12:23 PM by Associated Press

Jeff Davis panel votes to help buy land for Sowela

The Jefferson Davis Parish School Board's finance committee has agreed to commit $100,000 to help buy 10 acres of land south of Jennings High School for a new SOWELA Technical Community College campus.

The American Press reports that the School Board is one of three local entities that have committed financial support to help buy the property for the proposed $10 million campus. The Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury agreed last week to give up $200,000 for the project, and the city of Jennings is expected to approve a $100,000 commitment in January. The school panel's vote came Tuesday, sending the issue to the full board.

"We are told, by doing this, it is very likely that local government bodies will not have to put up the $1.2 million local contributions originally discussed six months ago," city financial adviser Greg Marcantel said. "The commitment from the three government bodies should be enough funds to accomplish the goal."

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