Ascension Parish Schools to hold public forums for upcoming school construction election

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Ascension Parish Public Schools

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (BrProud) — Ascension Public Schools (APS) has scheduled public forums to discuss the Aug. 15, 2020 school construction bond election. COVID-19 closures moved the election from May 9 to Aug. 15.

“In the last 10 years, enrollment in our schools has grown on an average of 375 students every year. Enrollment in our three east side high schools alone has increased by 1,566 students — that is the size of a new high school,” said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. “We are fortunate that our community has supported our efforts in the past to build new schools and expand existing facilities. The opening of a new primary school last year, and a new primary school and middle school this year will be critical to our ability to serve students in our buildings under the new guidelines this year. A new high school is no longer something that can be done in the future. The future is now!”

Public forums about the Aug. 15 School Construction Bond Election will take place at the following times and locations:

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at East Ascension High Cafetorium, 612 East Worthey Road, Gonzales, LA 70734
  • 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at St. Amant High Cafetorium, 2035 LA Hwy. 431, St. Amant, LA 70774
  • 6 p.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Dutchtown High Cafetorium, 13165 LA Hwy. 73, Geismar, LA 70734
  • 12 p.m., Monday, July 20, 2020, Virtual Meeting, Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5859118651967446539

“Ascension Parish’s dedicated millage for school construction has been in place for 40 years and is the school district’s funding source to build new schools and renovate existing schools. By extending the existing 15.08 millage, Ascension Parish voters will enable the school system implement $140 million in school improvements and construction projects at no increased rates to taxpayers,” Ascension Parish said in a recent release. “The proposed initiative includes a much-needed new high school in Prairieville, a major ‘make-over’ of East Ascension High, upgrades at Gonzales Middle, turf surfacing at all five high school stadiums, upgraded classrooms, and other improvements across the parish.”

Early voting will be held from July 25 through Aug. 3. According to APS, early voting is held at the courthouses in Donaldsonville and Gonzales as well as the Oak Grove Community Center. For more information visit www.apsb.org/2020bond.

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