Parents discuss performance with school officials in Ascension Parish

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - There are 27 schools in the Ascension Parish School system only three are D and F graded schools. Lowery Middle School received a D, while Lowery Elementary and Donaldsonville Primary receiving an F grade.

"We've really been focusing on our schools that have traditionally been lower performing schools," said Ascension Parish School Superintendent Patrice Pujols.

Pujols and other school system leaders met with parents and Donaldsonville community members Wednesday night concerned about their underachieving schools.

"Do we have an outreach program?" asked one man in the audience.

"What are the ratios of those principals and teachers that are high quality teachers?" asked another member of the public.

Pujols told those in attendance the priority schools targeted as part of their Turn Around Zone are making progress but acknowledges more needs to be done.

"We have a tag on their stuff that goes through purchasing you see turnaround zone bam that's automatically done. we provide more resources, we have lower teacher pupil ratio. whatever those schools need we deliver," said Pujols.

Robyn Penn Delaney is the president of the Ascension Parish NAACP and says parents want to ultimately see these schools turn into A and B schools and want to be involved in the plan.

"We want to make sure parents are involved in decision making and make sure we have volunteers that can help in this process," said Delaney.

"My highest priority is assuring that we will have all of our schools performing at those top levels," added Pujols.

Last night's public meeting is one of two organized by the Ascension Parish NAACP. The second is scheduled for next Thursday at Donaldsonville High School.

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