Construction has begun on two St. Francisville projects — one for education and the other to promote tourism in the area.

The St. Francisville School Board is building a new Bains Elementary School on 15 acres of land adjacent to West Feliciana Middle School at Bains.

Stuart and Co. is clearing and grading the site, as well as preparing the locations for the school buildings under a $720,000 contract.

The new Bains school will replace the decades-old facility on Bains Road east of the high school.

In addition, construction has begun on a boat launch and docks for touring riverboats on the Mississippi River in St. Francisville.