School Board okays $800 a month lease of White Castle gym

Deidre Cruse

The Iberville Parish School Board last week agreed to an $800-a-month lease of the White Castle Community Center – the old White Castle High School gym which the school has used since Hurricane Gustav damaged the new school facility.

Superintendent P. Edward Cancienne Jr. said he understood that, after questions from board members, the White Castle Town Council plans to reconsider charging the School Board for using the building.

“Didn’t we give the Town of White Castle this building,” asked Board Member Tommy Delahaye of Plaquemine, “and now we’re paying to use it?”

“If we don’t approve the contract, we lose the use of the building,” Board Member Darlene Ourso of White Castle said.

“I want to thank the Town of White Castle,” said Board Member David “Worm” Daigle of Grosse Tete. “We might have gave [sic] them the building, but there’s a lot maintenance and upkeep on it. The School Board would have to do that otherwise.”

The School Board has been paying for utilities and upkeep and the gym since it began using the facility in September.

In other action, the board passed a resolution thanking the National Guard for helping the school system clean up school campuses in the aftermath of the storm.

“We could not have begun school as soon as we did without y’all’s help,” Dr. Cancienne told a Guard representative. “Y’all have a lot of respect and pride in what y’all do.”