School board approves 2010-2011 budget

Wade McIntyre

The Ascension Parish School Board adopted a calculated budget for  2010-2011 which includes expenditures of $192,563,215.

Approval of the budget at the regular meeting held at East Ascension High School in Gonzales last week was unanimous.

The general fund portion of the budget includes an anticipated $84,905,000 in revenue from local sources, $90,694,713 from the state, with no federal funding, for a total of $175,599,713.

In unrelated business at the meeting, the board approved a revised offer of $25,874 from parish government for purchase of right of way property for the Roddy Road Expansion project.

The board also approved advertising for a contractor to replace the cooling tower at St. Amant High School.

Superintendent Patrice Pujol reported a “phenomenal start” to the new school year with an enrollment that is up around 800 students over the first three days of last year.

She said there were very few problems at the start of the new year, and that principals, staff and teachers were solving problems at their level, leaving very few issues to filter up to her.

Air conditioning problems were the major issues during the first days of school, and staff “worked all night a couple of nights” to make sure the affected schools were cooled.

In another matter, Board Member Steve Broussard said the board approved letting the Town of Sorrento use the civic center for the Boucherie Festival this fall.

He said a project to renovate the center would take up “right after that.”