Baton Rouge, La. (BRPROUD)– The community in Denham Springs could soon be enjoying some major updates to their high school athletic facilities.
District 5 school board member Cecil Harris said, “We’re planning on building a new baseball field, softball field, we are going to reduce the football stadium and we are going to add a track and have a soccer field on the football field.”
This project has been long awaited for Denham Springs High School (DSHS).
DSHS Principal Wes Howard said, “We’ll finally have a spot where we can host a meet or other activities here at Denham Springs High School and bring in people from Live Oak and Walker and East Baton Rouge Parish, etc. to come here to be hosted by our community, at our school, around our facilities.”
Coaches and students of Denham Springs were also excited about the possible new upgrades.
DSHS Track and Field Coach Andy McLean said, “I’m ecstatic. This is my third year teaching here at Denham and one of my goals, when I got here, was to try and build up and promote the program to get a track for the school and I think we are seeing that.”
They school also believes it will benefit and enhance the community.
DSHS Athletic Director Brett Beard said, “I think it’s our turn to do the facilities part and give back to our community and those kids and everyone in Denham who wants to see this place be top-notch.”
To fund this project Denham plans to repurpose the bond from when they built Juban Parc Elementary and Junior High in 2007 (Corrected).
Harris said, “We are going to save about $200,000 a year in payments because it’s the same interest rate.”
They said it’s not going to cost the taxpayer any more money, however, some residents who live near the school did have some concerns.
Denham Springs resident Cortni Bell said, “Even with the high school kids and parents, they use my street as a cut through. They use my street as a raceway, that’s my main concern, I think is traffic.”
Although these plans are not final, Denham is hopeful for the future of their athletic program.
Residents of Denham Springs’ school district will have a chance to vote on it at precincts inside the district on Saturday, April 24.
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