Denham Springs Residents Early Vote on Funding for DSHS Athletic Facility Expansion Project

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DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD) — Denham Springs High School is looking to make some major upgrades to its athletic facilities. These plans have been in the works for some time now, and they are now asking for the community’s input.

DSHS is working on a $13 million dollar project to upgrade and expand their athletic facilities. Now some details regarding these plans do have to be voted upon and approved by the community.

Many are in favor of the project.

Denham Springs Resident Elisabeth Chustz says, “We are the biggest community, the biggest high school in the parish. we are the only one who doesn’t have just a track.”

However some do have concerns.

Denham Springs Councilman Robert Poole says, “If you take 13 million dollars to do something, somebody somewhere is paying for it.”

Denham Springs resident Riley Bell says, “If the money is going to come from the people of the community, I definitely would want my tax money to go towards the school and something that’s benefiting all of the students, not just some students.”

“Athletes directly benefit from it because they use the facilities, but students, in general, will benefit because they go to games and it’s just a matter of being able to take pride in your school,” says Chustz.

DSHS plans to repurpose bonds used to build the Juban Parc Schools for the project. 

In a previous interview District 5 School Board Member Cecil Harris says this will save about $200,000 a year.

Harris says, “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  “

“If the question is do we do the project or not…then, of course, we do the project. my concern is more the just ever-growing debt load on our people,” says Poole.

Early voting is now underway and will end on April 17th.

Official voting day will be April 24th.

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