A letter from the Ascension?Parish Public Schools Superintendent

Patrice Pujol

The holidays are upon us, and as customary, this is a time to count our blessings and to extend thanks to those special people who have touched us throughout the year. 

The Ascension Parish Public School System’s list of blessings is quite extensive.  Once again this year, our system is ranked as a top-ten school district in the state, and our District Accreditation designation by AdvancED/SACS (the Southern Accreditation of Colleges and Schools) was renewed for five more years.  We opened the newly built Sorrento Primary in August, and an aggressive construction and renovation plan is underway at several of our older schools.  Designs and construction schedules have been approved for the new G.W. Carver Primary School, and major renovations at Prairieville Middle. Significant improvement projects are already underway at the St. Amant Middle/Primary campus, the Dutchtown Middle/Primary campus and Gonzales Primary.  At the same time, electrical upgrades and technology improvements are being made across the district.

Many people throughout the district deserve our thanks for the long hours of planning and attention to details that they have put in to ensure that all our efforts are successful.  We have dedicated teachers, curriculum specialists, and school administrators who work daily with our students and parents to optimize learning at each campus so our students can meet high standards and be prepared to excel in their future endeavors. We have faculty and staff who went the “extra mile” this year to organize data and district reports to present to the AdvancED/SACS members for their review and scrutiny. Additionally, our maintenance and facility employees always make sure our construction and renovations projects get underway in a timely and cost-effective manner and that they are completed on-time and on-budget.

The Ascension Parish Public School System faces many financial challenges as enrollments continue to grow pushing up operation costs, and healthcare and retirement increases bring an added burden each year.  However, we were blessed to once again gain the overwhelming support of Ascension Parish voters in November to renew a 10-year millage for district operational costs.  This funding source helps to provide a stable level of revenue for our basic needs, helping to establish the foundation for excellence throughout the district. 

We want to thank you, the Ascension Parish voters, for your confidence in us to responsibly manage your tax dollars, and we pledge to continue to be good stewards of those funds and of every child’s education in the days ahead.

During this holiday season, I feel fortunate to be your superintendent. I am honored to work with hardworking, dedicated people in this district and for a grateful community that believes in public education.  May this season bring you joy as you reflect upon all that you do to promote success for our school system and for our students.

Ascension Parish Public Schools Superintendent

Patrice Pujol