"Behind me is an 8,830 square-foot building that houses four classrooms, new student restrooms, a new student circulation hallway and a brand new library with offices worth about $2.7 million dollars."

Donaldsonville Primary School has made a few upgrades this year. A crowd gathered to acknowledge the changes underneath a new pavilion.

Moreover, new playground equipment, school walls and floors, and a library renovation can all be added to this list.

Ascension Parish Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander welcomed a large group of educators and community leaders to Donaldsonville Primary School's ribbon cutting for the new pavilion.

"I want to welcome you to another great event that we have where our community comes together to show support for our most precious resource, which is our children," Alexander said. "We are standing here underneath a brand new pavilion. It is one of 11 that has been built for our primary schools."

The pavilion comes from a 2016 voter-approved bond, according to Alexander. He added that the cost of one pavilion is about $100,000.

"Behind me is an 8,830 square-foot building that houses four classrooms, new student restrooms, a new student circulation hallway and a brand new library with offices worth about $2.7 million dollars," Alexander said. The crowd returned a loud applause. Administrative facilities and grounds upgrades were also mentioned in the school improvements. DVPS has been a major focus this year because the school has performed much lower than the parish average in recent years.

Dr. Tennille Lange became principal in April of 2017, and she was no overnight success. Lange moved to Donaldsonville Primary in 2011 as the assistant principal and became principal last summer.

"What I want to say is thank you to those who carried this platform before I did," Lange told the crowd. " . . . Dedication is hard work, and I'm seeing what that is. Real life."

Moreover, Lange brought a group of DVPS students to the podium with her. She explained that they represent a larger group of about 17 students that make up the school's first Student Council.

"They help us make the school better," Lange said. "They actually meet, and they talk about what we need to to do as adults to fix the school."

Four children introduced themselves by name and grade to the audience. Further, Lange spoke about all of the upgrades being pleasing to both the teachers and the students. Last, she acknowledged CF Industries for paying the balance on the new playground equipment.

Donaldsonville Councilman Rev. Charles Brown concluded the event by blessing the pavilion before a lively ribbon cutting with confetti ensued.