Schools, individuals recognized for accomplishments

Michael Tortorich
Ascension Parish Schools Assistant Superintendent Patrice Pujol presents Dutchtown Primary School with a banner recognizing the school's Exemplary Academic Growth.

The East Ascension High School auditorium had a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night for the recognition of various award winners during the Ascension Parish School Board meeting.

Susan Vaughn announced the eastbank schools winners from the Special Olympics.

Also recognized were the state nurse winner, support employees winners and state science fair winners.

Ginger Weber presented the St. Amant High digital media class, which was awarded at the recent animation festival in Baton Rouge. All four parish high schools participated in the four-day festival.

Bridget Boudreaux announced the winners of the Young Author Contest, and the Elementary Physical Fitness Meet.

Ascension Parish Councilman Pat Bell presented a certificate to Henry Bailey Jr., who retired from the school system with 46 years of service. Bailey has a total of 52 years in education experience.

Leadership Ascension presented checks to two parish schools. The class raised the money to go toward the purchase of playground equipment. Prairieville Primary School received $1,305 and Pecan Grove Primary received $2,000.

Two schools were recognized for academic growth. St. Amant Middle School received a banner for Recognized Academic Growth. Dutchtown Primary received a banner for Exemplary Academic Growth.

Superintendent Donald Songy said the state no longer  rewards money to schools with such designations, but he said the board will reward the schools.

In another matter, Chad Lynch updated the board on the new Spanish Lake Primary School on Bluff Road, which he said was on track.

The board also approved the bids for new modular classroom building at Dutchtown High, East Ascension High, Prairieville Primary and Ascension Alternative.

In other action, the board approved changes to the student handbook. Expulsions for four suspensions now include in-school and out-of-school suspensions. The handbook now defines “huffing” and “sexting.” The dress code has also been revised and a wellness policy and teacher’s bill of rights added.

In other business, Songy said the system recently received student scores on state tests.

“In general we were very pleased,” Songy said.

Also in his comments, the superintendent said the system will interview candidates for the athletic director and head football coach position at Donaldsonville High School.

In board comments, board member John Murphy commended the Dutchtown High School baseball team for its successful season. The Griffins team advanced to the state championship game.

Board member Steve Broussard recognized East Ascension High School principal Randy Watts for hosting the meeting at the school.

Ascension Parish Schools Assistant Superintendent Patrice Pujol presents St. Amant Middle School with a banner for the school's Recognized Academic Growth.