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Aug 14, 2013 9:51 AM by AP/CS

Judge approves repairs to fire damaged school

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has been given the approval to continue to make repairs and place three temporary facilities outside Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School.

Eastside saw significant damage - an excess of $125,000 in losses - after a former administrative office caught fire on Aug. 7.

The Daily Star reports U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who oversees Tangipahoa's 48-year-old school-desegregation case, approved the repairs on Tuesday.

Preliminary reports show repairs and materials may cost nearly $500,000. How much will be covered by insurance is unclear.

While office space was damaged, smoke ruined much of the building's ceiling tiles and insulation.

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