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Tax revenue could fund freshman academies

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GONZALES - Increased tax revenue is fueling a plan to expand high schools in Ascension Parish.

The boost in tax money has already been promised to construction projects for the school system, and that could turn into freshman academies at East Ascension, St. Amant, and Dutchtown High Schools.

Those schools already operate academies on the site, but a stand-alone building would go a long way to helping the freshman transition into high school.

"It would be wonderful when we have our own building, where it is a freshman academy that is separate from the whole school, it would allow us the opportunity for students to have their core classes in that building and their electives as well," said Associate Principal Lauren Avery.

Right now the school system is putting together estimates for the three buildings, which could cost between $45 and $55 million to build, before getting approval from the board to move forward with the projects.


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