Construction Projects for LPPS Underway

Major Construction Projects for Livingston Schools Underway This Summer
Posted on 07/08/2024
Architectural rendering of new South Fork Junior High SchoolMajor Construction Projects for Livingston Schools Underway This Summer

Livingston, La. -- Livingston Parish Public Schools has begun construction on three major construction projects this summer – the construction of the new South Fork Junior High School in Walker, the new cafeteria and classroom wing for Albany Upper and Lower Elementary Schools, and the new gymnasium at Live Oak Junior High. All three projects are expected to be completed for the 2025-2026 school year.

“It is exciting to see this much construction in the district. Our parish is continuing to grow, and these new facilities will enhance the learning environments on those campuses,” Superintendent Jody Purvis said.

The new South Fork Junior High School will share the campus with South Fork Elementary, located at 23300 Walker South Road. The new $25 million school is expected to house 800 students when it opens. The new campus will share the cafeteria kitchen facility with the elementary school, but all other facilities will be separate.

The new Albany cafeteria will occupy the space of a former classroom wing on the Upper Elementary campus. The current cafeteria will remain in operation until the new one is completed, and at that time, it will be renovated for other educational space.

The new cafeteria will have a greater seating albany high cafeteria rendering capacity, allowing the two schools to serve lunch simultaneously in separate dining areas, thereby improving each school’s daily schedule. The new wing will also include four classrooms and student bathrooms. The project, which is expected to cost $7 million, is being funded with a dedicated half-
cent sales tax that was approved by local voters.

The new Live Oak Junior High gym will replace the new live oak junior high gym renderingfacility that burned in 2022. The new facility will include a regulation court, bathrooms, team lockers and a concessions area. The construction costs are being paid with insurance monies and local school district funding. The total build out is expected to be $4.7 million.