GONZALES – The Ascension Parish School District has used a warehouse located off West Orice Roth Road since the August flood after its warehouse-distribution center in Sorrento had three buildings take on water.
The School Board voted to extend that lease last week with Sherwood Pointe, LLC for $11,000 a month until Aug. 31 after it was set to expire at the end of the month. The warehouse, which did not flood, was leased Aug. 29 to be used in absence of the Sorrento center which was the site of the several departments including planning and construction, maintenance, child nutrition and transportation.
A purchase agreement on the warehouse set to expire in March was also extended until May 31. Director of Planning and Construction Chad Lynch has estimated the cost of the warehouse to be $1.6 million with the cost of damage to the Sorrento site estimated at $1.2 million by the board’s flood consultant CSRS.
Allowing the lease to be stretched out will give the school system a definite answer whether they can use FEMA funds to purchase a new warehouse, an alternate plan to continuing with the flooded complex.
The meeting was held at Central Middle School after the School Board office in Donaldsonville was without power following Tuesday’s tornado.
The school district’s flood efforts were lauded by the non-profit team of educators who review for national accreditation during a special meeting the previous week that revealed a rating more than average.
AdvanceED recommended Ascension Parish Schools be nationally accredited for another five years after the review produced a 343.5 rating on a scale of 400. The average is 278.94, according to the leader of the team that visited 65 classrooms in eight schools with the rating based on teaching, learning, capacity of leadership and use of resources.
Ascension Parish School was first accredited by AdvancED in 2007 and reviews are conducted every five years.