Livingston — After months of discussion, the Livingston Parish School Board agreed Thursday to a deal with the Carter Plantation Community Development District to run a new water line to Springfield Middle School.
Maintaining its own well has proven to be a headache for the school. When the School Board voted to begin negotiations with the district last year, retired board member Keith Martin, who represented the area at the time, said it was a chore to keep up with all the health regulations.
“We’ve got to get something done quick,” board member Jim Richardson said after Thursday’s meeting. “We’re excited to get this one behind us.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the School Board will pay 80 percent of the cost — up to $108,000 — to construct a new line hooking the school to the district’s system. Assistant Superintendent Rick Wentzel hopes to complete the project in time for the upcoming school year.
As the southeast region of the parish continues to grow and water lines expand, Richardson said, the Carter Plantation district system may one day hook up with French Settlement Water Co. But such an arrangement isn’t in anyone’s short-term plans.
“That’s just a dream right now,” he said.
In its first meeting since graduations, the School Board also voted to move forward with a number of construction projects across the parish.
Members approved a $132,000 bid to replace the roof at Gray’s Creek Elementary and agreed to seek bids to renovate the roof at the Holden School.
The board also took the first steps to address three projects in the Denham Springs area.
First, they agreed to seek bids for an eight-classroom expansion at Denham Springs High that board Vice President Buddy Mincey hopes will be ready in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year.
He also asked the board to seek bids for a new band room at Southside Junior High. Land from the old site could be used to fund the third project, a renovation and expansion of the school’s gym that Mincey said would allow room for 1,000 bleacher seats — about double the number of current seats.
“We’ve got a lot of growth south of Denham Springs coming,” he said.
In an atypical vote, the generally unanimous board heard dissent when it came time to appoint a new principal. Mincey voted not to name Stacey Wise as principal of the Frost School, though he declined to discuss his reasons following the meeting. She won the job with the other members’ support.
Other principals and parishwide school authorities appointed Thursday include Albany Upper Elementary School Substitute Principal Lisa Session; substitute Director of Special Education Eric Penalber; Child Nutrition Program Supervisor Leah Smith; Denham Springs Elementary Principal Gale DeLee; Levi Milton Elementary Principal Josh Day; and Live Oak High Assistant Principal Stacey Robinson.
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