Ascension Parish gets $11.5 million
GONZALES- The state Bond Commission approved $11.5 million to be used in Ascension Parish. $10 million of it comes from the federal stimulus fund and will be used by the Ascension Parish Public School System to replace the deteriorating George Washington Carver Primary school.
"When we looked at renovating this school, the cost of renovation was greater than the cost of building a new school would be," said Superintendent Patrice Pujol.
The new school will be constructed near the old Gonzales Country Club and close to the future home of the Legacy Oaks residential development.
"This indeed is a step in the right direction for us in terms on managing our growth, and making sure that all the students in Ascension Parish, no matter where they go to school, have a good, safe learning environment in which they can prosper and grow," said Pujol.
Another $1.5 million dollars will go to the parish's Fire District 1 to buy new fire engines. The money will be borrowed from a local bank. It's a purchase that's long overdue.
"The parish is growing so rapidly, we're not responding to four or five calls a month any more now we're responding to six, seven, eight calls a day and it's putting more and more wear and tear on these trucks," said James LeBlanc, Chairman of the Fire District.
The old fire engines will be distributed to smaller sub-stations.
The new George Washington Carver is expected to be complete by the 2013 school year.