LIVINGSTON — The Livingston Parish School Board approved changes for two ongoing school improvement projects in Walker and Livingston and named an architectural firm to work on final flood repairs for Springfield High School.

The School Board on March 2 approved a third change order for additions and renovations at Walker High School. The changes resulted in a credit back to the school system of $73,960 on the $24 million project.

The largest bulk of savings came from forgoing lightning protection, which would have cost $64,532, according to the change order. The district also will save $10,400 by eliminating a planned elevated walkway with rails in front of the bleachers.

Some changes to the basketball goals will add $972 to the bottom line cost of the project, which now stands at $23,875,297.

The changes will not affect the project’s target completion date of April 19, 2018.

The School Board also approved a first change order for renovations to Doyle High School’s athletic competition gym, which will increase the project cost by $31,039 to just over $1 million.

The changes include adding HVAC elevation stands, as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on sites below the 100-year flood elevation; removing gas piping in the gym that will no longer be needed; and replacing and installing new cabinets, countertops and a stainless serving counter with three-compartment sink in the baseball concession stand.

“This is all being driven by the flood,” said Jim Ziler, of Ziler Architects. “And some of these items may be covered by FEMA, but we don’t know as of yet. It was necessary to get the baseball concession stand up and running for the season.”

FEMA requirements will necessitate other changes as well because of the flood, Ziler said.

“We can’t get some of our money from FEMA, but yet they can still call the rules and regulations that we have to live by,” School Board President Malcolm Sibley said. “There’s no choice.”

The School Board named Chris Bankston, of Gasaway Gasaway Bankston Architects, as the professional of record for final flood repairs to Springfield High School.

“We were blessed in the southern district that we didn’t get water in any school except Springfield High School, and of course, they took it all for us and really put us in a bind for a while,” board member Jim Richardson said. “This will finish the project up, and hopefully, through this project, we’ll be back better than where we were to start with.”

The board deferred naming a professional of record for flood repairs at Lewis Vincent and Seventh Ward elementary schools. The board also removed an agenda item to advertise for bids the final flood repairs at those two schools as well as Denham Springs Freshman High and High schools.

Board member Buddy Mincey Jr., in requesting that the pair of agenda items be removed, gave no explanation for deferring them.

In other matters, the School Board unanimously approved the 2017-18 school year calendar as presented during a prior meeting. Fall classes will run Aug. 9 to Dec. 20, and spring classes will run Jan. 9 to May 24, 2018.

Holidays will include a week for Thanksgiving, 2½ weeks for Christmas and New Year’s, two days for Mardi Gras and six days for Good Friday and Easter break. Classes also will be canceled for Labor Day, Livingston Parish Fair Day, a parent-teacher conference day on Oct. 19 and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Parrill said the district had received only four responses about the calendar — two positive and two questions. Everyone he spoke with was pleased with the way the dates and holidays fell on the calendar, he said.

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