Menard battles School Board over land

Ricky Menard is confused about the land he thought he owned.

Menard was at the School Board committee meeting Monday night after learning he is not the owner of a one-acre plot on 16 Section land.

In 1985 he paid $3,900 for the land located on top of an old irrigation canal next to La. 14 before Kaplan’s city limits.

He purchased and recorded the purchase of the land in 1985 in the parish courthouse. However, the courts ruled four years ago that the School Board still owns the land that was once a canal on 16 Section land and any purchase of the land was void.

Menard bought the land from someone from Kaplan and he recently learned he is not the real owner.

The problem with not owning the land is that he has built three buildings on the land. Now, he wants to either buy the land from the School Board or lease it from them.

Members of the School Properties Committee agreed to lease the property to the highest bidder. If the School Board approves the properties’ committee’s recommendation at Thursday’s meeting, Menard is going to have to give a sealed bid to lease the property. The problem with that is the bidding is opened to the public. If he is out bid, then he has to give up the land, and has 90 days to remove his buildings from the property.

“This is not right,” Menard said. “Now I learned someone can come and take the land I thought I owned. I may have to sue the School Board.”

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