Ascension Parish students head back to school

Carver Primary under construction in Gonzales
Carver Primary under construction in Gonzales
Ascension Parish Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol at Dutchtown High
Ascension Parish Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol at Dutchtown High

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - School begins Wednesday in Ascension Parish, so teachers worked hard Tuesday to prepare their classrooms for a fresh flock of students.

Landscapers were busy sprucing up the outside of Carver Primary School. Words of inspiration and encouragement mark the front entrance. This will be the last time teachers and students begin the new school year on the 1956 campus. School principal, Latatia Johnson has been preparing her staff for a big change.

"It's hectic because they're thinking about moving into a new school and starting the new school year off in an old school," Johnson said.

The new Carver Primary is under construction a couple of miles away. The façade is nearly finished and some classrooms are almost ready. But there's still a bit of work to be done.

Meanwhile, at the old school, teachers were passing out agenda books, scattering supplies and putting the finishing touches on their desks. For teachers, Jami Chaney and Christie Spohn, it's personal.

"This is where I grew up. I was a student at Carver Primary, and it's so awesome to come back and teach," Chaney said.

"The first thing they'll see is a little note that I've placed on the desks for everybody just letting them know I believe in them, we're going to have a great year and to work hard," Spohn said.

Across town, school superintendent, Patrice Pujol visited with teachers at Dutchtown High School.

It's one of 28 stops she's made in two days to connect with her staff before they hit the books.

"Right off the bat, they will start their learning process. Teachers are ready for them. They have lessons prepared. They will begin moving forward from day one," Pujol said.

Teachers appear to be on board. They said creating the right learning environment is the first step in making sure their students succeed.

"You need the students to feel comfortable. If they don't feel comfortable here they're not going to perform. They're not going to feel like they can trust you in that relationship is so critical in raising student achievement," Spohn said.

Students and staff are scheduled to move to the new Carver Primary School campus in October during fall break.

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