Prairieville Middle holds ribbon cutting for new expansion

Brandie Richardson
Pictured from left is Architect Chris Bankston; Board Members Louis Lambert, Pat Russo, John Murphy, Shawn Sevario and Taft Kleinpeter; Director of Middle Schools Edith Walker, PVM Principal Dina Davis, Superintendent David Alexander, former PVM Principal Larry Christie, Assistant Superintendent A. Denise Graves; Board Members Robyn Penn Delaney, Lorriane Wimberly, Julie Blouin, Kerry Diez, Scott Duplechein and State Representative Tony Bacala.

The Ascension Parish School Board held a ribbon cutting at Prairieville Middle School on March 21 for their new 66,000-square-foot expansion, which includes 34 classrooms, a cafeteria, kitchen, computer lab, library and administrative offices.

The $15 million project was made possible by funds approved in the 2009 bond election, said Ascension School Board Public Information Officer Jackie Tisdell. The three phase project broke ground in 2012 and finished construction in Feb. 2015.

"This essentially almost a completely new school," Tisdell said. "Part of the old school has been demolished. It was bout 50 years old, it wasn't worth trying to renovate that and they outgrew that too, enrollment has boomed here."

Ascension Parish Director of Middle Schools Edith Walker praised the success of the school, saying that it is one of the highest performing middle school in the state.

"For the past 20 years, our voters have continued to approve this 15.08 mills and from that we continue to be able to provide the children in our community with all of these facilities in order to go to school and have a quality education," said Ascension Parish School Board Superintendent David Alexander.

The final phase of the project will be the addition of the new gymnasium, which is expected to break ground within the year.