School board to hold proposition public meetings

Staff reports

The Ascension Parish School Board is sponsoring four community meetings in the coming weeks.

The meetings will provide information on the Oct.17 school proposition to extend an existing 15.08 millage to fund $100 million of capital improvements at schools throughout the parish.

The proposition, which would extend a current school millage from 2025 to 2029, will not increase property taxes.

Superintendent Donald Songy will present specific information on all of the projects in the school system proposal and show illustrations of major construction projects.

School board members and school administrators will also attend and be available to answer questions about the proposition which provides upgrades at all schools throughout the district.

The proposal also includes major upgrades in technology and security cameras for all schools.

Songy said a national accreditation team noted a “striking difference” between the district’s new and old schools two years ago.

At that time, the team recommended the district seek measures to reduce the disparity among the facilities.

“Basically, the accreditation team said all our students should have facilities that support learning,” Songy said. “And that’s what this plan will do. It will ensure that all of our students have good learning environments.”

“These public meetings are designed to provide an opportunity for all citizens to hear and ask questions about the specifics in the capital improvement plan. We want to encourage the public to attend in order to learn about each of the projects under consideration and about the disparity and need to upgrade so many of our older schools,” Songy said.

The first town hall meeting will be held in the Gonzales in the East Ascension High School Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

The other meetings are scheduled in the communities of St. Amant on Monday, Sept. 14, in the St. Amant High School Gymnasium; Donaldsonville on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Donaldsonville High School; and in Geismar on Monday, Sept. 21, in the Dutchtown High School Auditorium.

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

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