The Orleans Parish School Board filed suit against the State of Louisiana and the LSU Board of Supervisors on Monday for damages arising from the seizure of the McDonough No. 11 school building which lies in the footprint of the proposed LSU hospital in Mid-City.

Built in 1878, McDonough No. 11 was the oldest continuously-operating school in Orleans Parish and housed Priestly Charter School until late last year when LSU asked the school to vacate to make way for its demolition, according to an OPSB news release. Priestley students now attend class in a temporary school in the Almonaster area.

The release said the state and LSU offered OPSB $2,365,000 for the property, which was considerably less than the cost of post-Katrina renovations to the school and substantially less than the construction cost of a replacement high school.

"We strenuously objected when the board was first told it would be demolished. Our job is to ensure that students in Orleans Parish attend the finest facilities possible. We were told to leave McDonough No. 11 and did so. We now need to be paid for a replacement school," said OPSB Presdient Lourdes Moran.

Representatives of LSU and the state have stated in recent news reports that they are considering moving the school to another site due to the school’s historical and architectural significance. However, Moran said she was unsure of the feasibility of moving the school.

"What is certain is that there is no other identified location for the school, no deadline for movement nor even an informed guess of when the building will again be operational. McDonough No. 11 is now the state’s property, and we hope it will be preserved. We also hope the state will promptly pay the cost of constructing a replacement so that our students can enjoy learning in a state of the art facility. These are 21st century students and they deserve a 21st century building," Moran said.

The Second French Empire-style school was designed by famous New Orleans architect William Freret.