LIVINGSTON, La. (BRPROUD) — Some Livingston Parish Schools are undergoing construction in preparation for the first day of school.

Included in the construction plans for the district are athletic facility improvements at Denham Springs High School, a new cafeteria and classrooms at Springfield High School, and new lighting fixtures at the softball and baseball fields in Holden and Maurepas.

“Thanks to available funding, or accumulated savings, many of our schools are getting some much-awaited projects for this new school year,” said Superintendent Joe Murphy.

According to Murphy, last year voters agreed to extend the funds for the Denham Springs High School athletic program and its facilities. These improvements include realigning the football field, implementing better security options, new turf for the soccer field, a new track surrounding the field, and a field events area.

The stadium improvements will not be done by the beginning of the season, the Denham Springs High School will use other stadiums for home games and the remainder will be away games.

“We are hopeful the stadium improvements will be complete before the end of the season, so this year’s team can finish their season on their own turf, and our tentative completion date is Oct. 14,” Murphy said.

Students at Springfield High School will maneuver around the project on their campus as they create a new two-story building that will hold a bigger cafeteria, four classrooms and restrooms, and a business storefront. Murphy says the building is scheduled to be complete by the end of next summer in preparation for the 2023-2024 school year.

“The new facility will seat 250 students at a time, allowing the school to have two lunch shifts. Right now, the school’s population is approximately 400 students,” he said.

Sports fans in Holden and Maurepas can enjoy and celebrate their favorite teams under the lights with the new lighting structures. These schools received $1 million for the lighting structure. Holden and Maurepas Schools were the only schools in the parish without lighted fields.

“This investment allows those schools to host evening games,” Murphy said. “That’s a big deal for those schools and their communities, as now they can do more for their programs, by hosting tournaments and key matchups.”