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Flooding issues at Central Private School have persuaded school leaders to build a new campus on higher ground.

Flooding prompts Louisiana school to buy site for new campus

After significant flood damage in 2016, Central Private School in Central, La., has decided to move the school to a site on higher ground.

A private school in Louisiana that sustained significant damage in a 2016 flood has bought a site for a new campus.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Central Private School in Central, La., paid $1.1 million for a 27-acre tract that is about a mile from its existing campus.

The school was inundated by flood waters in August 2016. Some of the students are still in temporary buildings, says Amanda Moody, the school's director of marketing.

In order to rebuild on the existing Central Private site, the buildings would have to be raised 5 feet, Moody says. So school officials decided to seek higher and drier land.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded an $11 million grant to build a new campus; that’s expected to cover about half of the costs.

Construction is scheduled to start later this year. It will take “a year and a half, two years” to build the new campus, Moody says.

Central Private, which has students in grades pre-K to 12, has 400 students. The new campus will be able to accommodate about 750 to 800.

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