MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — The Avoyelles Parish school district's quest to get out from under a decades-old desegregation order has been delayed.

The Town-Talk reports ( that U.S. District Judge Dee Drell has refused to declare that Avoyelles school district facilities are unitary — which would mean they are no longer deemed segregated.

Drell also denied the Avoyelles School Board's motion to approve the board's construction plan in his Sept. 24 ruling.

Superintendent Dwayne Lemoine said Wednesday that a sticking point appears to be plans for the Bunkie Elementary School gym. Some in the community say a new gym is needed. Others say the gym should be remodeled. Drell gave the board 60 days to come to an agreement and provide a plan for the gym.