Groundbreaking held for Bluff Ridge Primary

Logan Ridenour

Ascension Public Schools held the groundbreaking ceremony for Bluff Ridge Primary School on Tuesday, August 13.

Bluff Ridge Primary is the third of four new schools in Ascension Parish as a result of the $120 million dollar construction bond passed by voters in 2016.

The name came from the schools unique geographical location. It is an 11-acre site that sits on the bluff and will ultimately end up feeding into the new Bluff Middle School, said Jackie Tisdell, the Public Information Officer for Ascension Parish Schools.

The goal is to have Bluff Ridge Primary open by next fall. This will relieve enrollment growth at Dutchtown Primary and Spanish Lake Primary.

The ideal size for a primary school is between 600 and 750 students. However, this year, Dutchtown enrollment is at 840 and Spanish Lake enrollment is over 900.

While this new school will relieve the impact on increased enrollment, it will also effect school zones. Parents can anticipate discussions on redistributing these zones this fall. The school board will also hold public meetings available to parents prior to making any final decisions, said Tisdell.

The ultimate goal is to have those lines for next year finalized by the end of the semester. While the lines haven't been drawn yet, one thing is certain. Many students' spirit colors will change to blue and grey to represent their new school.

Bluff Ridge is located at 14191 Highway 73 in Prairieville.