DONALDSONVILLE – The Ascension Parish School Board as begun awarding low bids for the repairs of damaged schools caused by the flood of 2016 just as more schools have returned to their home campuses in temporary buildings.
The board approved a bid of $3.5 million to repair St. Amant Primary School last week and the project is expected to take till December to complete. Four others schools that flooded including St. Amant High, Galvez Middle, Galvez Primary and Lake Elementary are undergoing design plans for repairs.
St. Amant High was the first school to return to their campus in temporary buildings after attending classes at Dutchtown High in the afternoon for nearly six months in a platoon system. Since then, students at Lake Elementary and Galvez Primary have returned to their campuses while St. Amant Primary students have been reunited on the former campus of River Parishes Community College. Galvez Middle students could return to their campus as early as the beginning of this week.
The board also discussed an incident of herbicide being sprayed around surrounding sugar cane fields that led to an order of shelter-in-place at Donaldsonville Primary. Board member Robyn Delaney asked that the Students and Safety Committee take up the issue.