Ascension celebrates School Board Recognition Month

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Pictured with the Governor’s Proclamation and a resolution by the Louisiana School Boards Association are Ascension Parish School Board President Patricia Russo, District 7, (left) and Vice President Taft Kleinpeter, District 5.

Ascension Public Schools, along with other school districts throughout Louisiana, celebrated School Board Recognition Month in January. Over 640 locally elected school board members throughout Louisiana were recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education.

In Ascension, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $314 million, 22,000 students and 3,000 employees.

A proclamation by Governor John Bel Edwards was read during the Jan. 17 Ascension Parish School Board meeting and during the Jan. 24 Finance and Curriculum meeting. Superintendent David Alexander shared personalized thank you letters for each Ascension Parish School Board member written by local school children.