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Board requests speed reduction for school zones

Michael Tortorich
The Ascension Parish School Board held dedication ceremonies Sunday afternoon for Prairieville Primary and Lakeside Primary. Shown from left are Ascension Parish Councilman Pat Bell, Prairieville Assistant Principal Mikie Long, Assistant Superintendent Patrice Pujol, Prairieville Principal Carol Smith, Superintendent Donald Songy, school board members A. J. Nickens, Ed Price, Taft Kleinpeter, Patricia Russo and Harold Jarreau. Central Primary, at 41369 Hwy. 621, Gonzales, will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Sunday, and Spanish Lake, at 13323 Bluff Road, Geismar, will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Sunday.

St. Amant High’s FFA members plan to travel by bus to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis next month. The 13 students will travel with three other schools by bus to save money on the trip.

The students must have a certain grade-point average and be in good academic standing to go on the trip, the board was told.

In the other field trips, students will miss no more than three school days.

In another matter, Superintendent Donald Songy said he and Assistant Superintendent Patrice Pujol have made presentations at two of four town-hall meetings at the parish’s high schools.

The meetings were focused on informing the public of the 15.98 millage rate extension the board will put on the Oct. 17 ballot.

By extending the millage through 2029, the district can gain $100 million to fund several school building improvements without increasing taxes.

Songy said the first two meetings at East Ascension and St. Amant were “not as well attended as we would have liked.”

The third meeting was Thursday night at Donaldsonville High. The final meeting will be Monday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dutchtown High auditorium.

Songy said he and Pujol have made presentations to various area clubs and the proposal has been received “very favorably.”

In other superintendent comments, Songy said the board held dedication ceremonies Sunday for Prairieville Primary and Lakeside Primary.

Central Primary, at 41369 Hwy. 621, Gonzales, will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Sunday, and Spanish Lake, at 13323 Bluff Road, Geismar, will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Sunday.

In other news, the board recognized Theresa Rodgers and Mandy Delaune.

Rodgers was awarded a certificate of recognition for receiving the American Speech and Hearing Association’s Fellow Award.

Delaune was named the Career and Technical Education Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2008-09.

In other matters, the board:

• Renewed its liability insurance

• Approved an agreement with Pelican Point for the use of its swimming pool

• Granted permission to advertise for Energy Performance Contracting Services