Parents give input on new attendance zones in Ascension; one more public meeting scheduled for Wednesday

Ascension school officials hear from parents about attendance zones in one of two public meetings

ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Tuesday night, Ascension Parish school officials got to hear from parents about how to figure out who will go to the new Bluff Ridge Primary and Bluff Middle schools.

Parents can also fill out an online survey to express their thoughts on the issue. The school board says it hopes to keep Dutchtown Primary, Spanish Lake Primary, Dutchtown Middle, and Prairieville Middle from overcrowding. They hope no other schools would be impacted.

“You know, there’s no perfect plan out there yet. What you’re hoping to do is to get to something that’s close to perfect as you can get it, right? I mean, we have an opportunity to educate more children. We can’t look at that as a challenge,” said Ascension Parish Superintendent David Alexander.

There will be another meeting to go over all this on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Dutchtown Middle.

Community asked to attend two meetings about zoning for new schools in Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish will soon have three new primary schools and one new middle school. One primary school, Bullion Primary, opened in the fall of 2019.

Here’s information about the schools still being constructed:

  • Bluff Ridge Primary is under construction. It will be located on LA 73 in Prairieville. It’s expected to open in the fall of 2020. It’s being built to help alleviate overcrowding at Dutchtown Primary and Spanish Lake Primary.
  • Bluff Middle School is also under construction. It will be located on Bluff Road in Prairieville. It’s also set to open in the fall of 2020. It’s being built to alleviate Dutchtown Middle and Prairieville Middle.

"Since I've been on the board for about 17 years, we've built 12 new schools. I've seen the growth, and this is another continuation in that," said Ascension Parish School Board Vice President Troy Gautreau, District 7 Seat A.

Bullion Primary opened up during the 2019 school year to alleviate overcrowding at Prairieville Primary and Oak Grove Primary.

Sugar Mill Primary is expected to open in the fall of 2021, which will alleviate Central Primary and Duplessis Primary. Parents are advised to expect possible changes for that zone in the future.

To view the different plans and find more information about the meetings, click here.

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