BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state is spending nearly $2 million to renovate part of an old elementary school building, to house the archives of former Gov. Mike Foster.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who started his state government career as Foster's health secretary, announced the spending plans Tuesday in Franklin, the former governor's hometown.

The third floor of the former school will be renovated to house the archives for the two-term governor who was in office from 1996 until 2004. The first and second floors serve as the Franklin City Hall.

The Jindal administration and lawmakers included $1.8 million for the project in the state's construction budget this year, with $300,000 in funding approved by the Bond Commission to start the work. Another $75,000 for the project is being paid by St. Mary Parish.


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