ALEXANDRIA, La. - A 12-year-old student from Martin Park Elementary was arrested Monday afternoon for the fire that occurred at the school last week.
According to officials from the Alexandria Fire Department, the student was charged with one count of simple arson.
The fire was discovered Friday morning by a school maintenance worker. It damaged much of the school's interior, making it unsafe for students to return. Authorities say there were no students or other staff in the building at the time.
Meanwhile, officials from the Rapides Parish School Board named the Old Lead Center on Lincoln Road to serve as the temporary site for Martin Park Elementary.
Students were told to report for school at the center on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Starting Tuesday, students who walk to school will be picked up at Martin Park by 8 a.m., under supervision, and transported by school bus to the center. Student riders should be dropped off by 8 a.m. at the center, across from Phoenix Magnet.
Officials say the school board will provide supervision for all students.
At the end of the day, student walkers will be transported from the center back to Martin Park from 3:30 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. Student riders must be picked up at the center from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The temporary phone number for Martin Park is 318-528-8715.
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