Westside school options revealed

Peter Silas Pasqua

More than 50 parents and educators discussed options for students who attend two west Ascension Parish schools which have been included on the state's list for those that did not meet minimum standards Monday during an informational meeting.

The Ascension Parish school system learned Friday that Donaldsonville High and Lowery Intermediate schools did not meet minimum standards required by the Louisiana Department of Education that is linked to students' performance on standardized tests, attendance and number of dropouts.

That means students from those schools which did not attain the academically acceptable level can choose to attend a higher performing school.

This is the third year Lowery Intermediate has been classified as academically unacceptable.

Lowery's 2008 score rose to 57.3 from 53.8 in 2007. If the school's performance score does not break the minimal score next year, the school is subject to have the state take control of operations.

Donaldsonville High students also have the option to attend another eligible school. The school is not considered academically unacceptable, but a section of the student body - such as special education or a minority group - did not meet acceptable standards for two years in a row. The state has not identified the subgroup that failed.

Students at Donaldsonville High can choose to attend Dutchtown or St. Amant high schools, while Lowery students can attend Lake Elementary or Galvez Middle.

Parents have until Monday to enroll their child in other schools and transportation will be provided.

Ascension Parish public schools begin the 2008-09 school year Friday.