"Healthy kids are ready kids," said Mrs. Martha Babin, the Principal of Ascension Head Start.

Ascension Parish Public Schools held their regularly scheduled meeting on October 22 in Donaldsonville. The most notable portion of the meeting included a presentation of the Head Start Annual Report.

The report included information from the previous school year and projections for 2019-2020. The Head Start in Ascension Parish is currently on year four of its five-year grant. These reports display a detailed analysis of where the program stands each month.

There has been positive feedback from parents and faculty regarding the new Head Start facility in Donaldsonville, which opened this year. There has been a 99 percent retention rate for educators at Head Start.

Some of the services provided by the program are education and development, transition services and health program services. Dental is provided for kids who participate in Head Start.

"Healthy kids are ready kids," said Mrs. Martha Babin, the Principal of Ascension Head Start.

The program is currently funded to provide services for 251 students, who must meet the age and income criteria.

Other agenda items included a motion to approve a bid regarding new library shelves at Bullion Primary School. The board members also approved a bid for nearly $60,000 dollars worth of new instruments for school bands throughout the parish.

Superintendent David Alexander reminded everyone present of the public hearings regarding rezoning, and the upcoming state release of data on November 6.