The Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday signed off on two multimillion-dollar construction projects.

The board plans to gut the old Live Oak High for renovation as a junior high school, and also improve the athletic facilities and roads at Walker High as part of ongoing upgrades around the campus.

Board members accepted a $4.3 million low bid for the work on the old Live Oak High site. Crews will renovate classroom buildings, tear down the old cafeteria and rewire the site to support more computer use, the architect has said.

The project also contains nearly half a million dollars in funding for additions and improvements to band rooms and other music spaces.

The low bid for the Walker High project came to $3.1 million. The amount will renovate and expand the field house with new weight trainers’ and wrestling rooms plus coaches’ offices, among other features, board member Jimmy Watson said. The school also will get a new entrance off Burgess Avenue with parking near the athletic facilities and a parent pickup lane off Florida Avenue, as well as some utility improvements.

In other news, the board unanimously and without discussion passed this fiscal year’s budgets, minus absent member Kellee Hennessy.

Also, state legislators J. Rogers Pope and Dale Erdey presented recently retired board members Milton Hughes and Keith Martin official commendations for their decades of service.

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