The Ascension Parish School Board considered at its Maintenance Committee meeting in Gonzales Tuesday how it will renovate the parish civic center in Sorrento now that the board has taken over operation of the facility.


    The Ascension Parish School Board considered at its Maintenance Committee meeting in Gonzales Tuesday how it will renovate the parish civic center in Sorrento now that the board has taken over operation of the facility.

    The board plans to turn the building formerly used by the Town of Sorrento for civic events into a distribution center.

    Board President Ed Price has said doing so will save the school system about $2 million annually.

    Chad Lynch with the system maintenance department unveiled a plan calling for relocation of warehouse personnel and their functions to the center, installation of a new cooling freezer, pavement leveling, roof repairs and other assorted improvements that could be accomplished with $535,000 in the department's current budget.

    More extensive upgrades would require an additional $274,000 Lynch said.

    The maintenance department will come to the board in February with a request for bid approval that would allow construction to start in March for work that could be paid for under the current budget, Lynch said.

    Additional work could be started early in the next fiscal year with board approval of the additional funds.

    The maintenance department also requested that the board accept a low bid of $974,200 to replace the roof at East Ascension High School. Members agreed to place the request on the consent agenda to be voted on at the Nov. 2 board meeting.

    Also at the meeting, Committee Chairman Steve Broussard reported that the department was operating under budget for the year despite the purchase of numerous new school buses now operating in the system.

    At the regular board meeting which followed, team members of the Volunteer Ascension ConnecTeens were recognized, representing over 576 hours of service to the community.

    In a resolution, the board said ConnecTeens volunteered in over 150 community activities this year.

    Bobbie Blanchard with Special Tuesday said the youth volunteers helped her organization service more than 450 special kids during the summer program held in Sorrento at the civic center.

    Blanchard presented a certificate of appreciation to Superintendent Patrice Pujol and Chad Lynch for allowing Special Tuesday to use the facility over the summer.