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Ascension Parish Schools, Louisiana

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Ascension Parish Schools
Donaldsonville, Louisiana
Ascension Parish Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Patrice Pujol
Graduation rate:80.9%[1]
Number of schools:29
Budget: $227.3 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Troy J. Gautreau Sr.
Board members:11
Term length:4
Ascension Parish Schools is a school district in Louisiana that served over 21,000 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the tenth-largest school district in Louisiana with an operating budget of $227.3 million for the 2010-2011 school year.[2]

About the district

Ascension Parish Schools is located in Ascension Parish, Louisiana
Ascension Parish Schools is located in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. According to the United States Census Bureau, Ascension Parish is home to 114,393 residents.[3]


Ascension Parish overperformed in comparison to the rest of Louisiana in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.3 percent of Ascension Parish residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 21.3 percent for Louisiana as a whole. The median household income for Ascension Parish was $67,688 compared to $44,673 for the state of Louisiana. The percentage of people below poverty level for Ascension Parish was 11.2 percent while it was 18.7 percent for the state of Louisiana.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Ascension Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 74.6 63.7
Black or African American 22.7 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 1.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or more race 1.1 1.4
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 4.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Patrice Pujol is the superintendent of Ascension Public Schools. She has served in this role since July 2010. Pujol was the assistant superintendent for four years before accepting the appointment.[5]

School board

The Ascension Parish School Board is composed of eleven members serving four-year terms.[6]

Ascension Parish School Board
Member District Partisan
Robyn Penn Delaney 1 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Scott Duplechein 2 Independent Independent January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Julie Blouin 3 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Kerry Diez 4, Seat A Republican Republican Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
John D. Murphy 4, Seat B Republican Republican Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
Shawn K. Sevario 5, Seat A Independent Independent January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Taft C. Kleinpeter 5, Seat B Republican Republican Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
Lorraine Wimberly 6, Seat A Republican Republican Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
Louis D. Lambert 6, Seat B Independent Independent January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Troy J. Gautreau Sr. 7, Seat A Republican Republican Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
Patricia "Pat" Russo 7, Seat B Independent Independent January 1, 1999 December 31, 2018

School board elections

See also: Ascension Parish Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Ascension Parish School Board are elected to four-year terms. The general election for 11 seats was held on November 4, 2014, and the runoff election was held on December 6, 2014.[7] The last election was held in 2010, and the next general election will be held in November 2018.

Public participation in board meetings

The school board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2010:[8]


It is the policy of the Ascension Parish School Board to conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcomed participation by the public. However, the Board reserves the right to recess into or call executive sessions for discussing matters as provided by state law. At no time shall actions be taken or resolutions made during executive sessions.

All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the Board shall submit their requests to the Superintendent in writing at least four (4) working days prior to the meeting date, stating what matters they wish to take up with the Board and the approximate time such matters should consume at the meeting. The Superintendent shall have the authority to determine whether items requested are significant enough to warrant Board action and inclusion on the agenda. Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one person in advance as its spokesperson and notify the Superintendent.

A public comment period shall be held before any vote is taken on an agenda item. The comment period shall precede each agenda item. The time limit shall be three (3) minutes per individual. In order to participate in the comment period, an individual must submit (to the Board secretary prior to the meeting) an index card containing his/her name, address, telephone number, and the number of the agenda item that he/she wishes to address. A card must be completed for each item on which the individual desires to comment. However, a person is not entitled to take up business before the Board unless the item in which he/she is interested has been placed on the agenda of that meeting. In addition, the President of the Board may recognize persons at the Board meetings for the purpose of introducing such persons.

In the event that the Board should add an item to its agenda after the Board meeting begins, the Board President shall orally request of the audience whether anyone in attendance would like to speak on the added agenda item. Each person indicating a desire to do so shall be given an opportunity to address the Board on each agenda item added. The Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak.

The President shall have the authority to remove any person disrupting or interfering in any manner with the conduction of a meeting of the Board.[9]


The table below displays the budget for Ascension Parish Schools:[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $181,722,000 79.9% $8,801,000 3.9% $32,283,000 14.2% $4,301,000 1.9% $237,000 0.1% $227,344,000
Averages: $181,722,000 80% $8,801,000 4% $32,283,000 14% $4,301,000 2% $237,000 0% $227,344,000

Teacher salaries

Ascension Parish Schools employed 1,333 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Louisiana Association of Educators for 2013-2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 42,411 55,307
Master's 43,053 57,526
M.A. + 30 43,431 58,521
Ed.S 44,118 59,795
Ph.D. 45,081 60,234

Schools in Ascension Parish Schools


Ascension Parish Schools served over 21,000 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Ascension Parish Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Ascension Parish Schools operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Ascension Parish Schools
School Name
APPLe~Digital Academy
Central Primary School
Central Middle
Donaldsonville High
Donaldsonville Primary School
Duplessis Primary School
Dutchtown High School
Dutchtown Middle
Early College Option
East Ascension High School
G. W. Carver Primary School
Galvez Middle
Galvez Primary School
Gonzales Middle
Gonzales Primary School
Lake Elementary School
Lakeside Primary School
Lowery Elementary
Lowery Middle
Oak Grove Primary School
Pecan Grove Primary School
Prarieville Middle
Prarieville Primary School
Sorrento Primary School
Spanish Lake Primary School
St. Amant High School
St. Amant Middle School
St. Amant Primary School

Academic performance

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) is a series of annual assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies in fourth and eighth grades. Known as a criterion-based test, these tests are aligned to the state academic standards and determine whether a student has mastered those standards.

The state has rules regarding the LEAP scores a student must earn to progress to fifth and ninth grade. However, for the next two years, districts will have more flexibility to make decisions based on additional academic indicators as the state transitions to new assessments.[12]

Ascension Parish, Grade 4: All Testers, 2013
Subject  % Advanced  % Mastery  % Basic  % Approaching Basic  % Unsatisfactory
English Language Arts 12 30 42 12 4
Mathematics 17 28 34 12 8
Social Studies 7 24 47 16 7
Science 5 21 53 13 8
Ascension Parish, Grade 8: All Testers, 2013
Subject  % Advanced  % Mastery  % Basic  % Approaching Basic  % Unsatisfactory
English Language Arts 7 25 46 18 4
Mathematics 7 10 63 14 7
Social Studies 9 29 41 15 5
Science 5 23 52 13 7

Contact information

Ascension Parish Schools seal.jpg
Ascension Parish Schools
1100 Webster Street
Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Phone: (225) 391-7000

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