DONALDSONVILLE — Ascension Parish School Board members applauded school district employees Tuesday night for their work in helping the district receive an A grade from the state Department of Education.
Ascension Parish was one of seven school districts that achieved an A grade on the metric used to determine how districts are performing. The Education Department released the latest school performance scores Monday.
“I’ve been sitting on the board for 10 years, and I’ve never been prouder,” board member John Murphy said.
Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol said the A grade was the “culmination of 10 years’ work” and that she “could not be more pleased” with the news. She commended her administrative staff as well as the staff and faculty of each of the parish schools for working to achieve the grade.
“It’s a stellar day in Ascension Parish,” she said. “It’s a great time to be in Ascension Parish.”
Board members applauded the staff in attendance Tuesday night for all of their hard work over the years in raising student performance throughout the district.
Jamie Bourgeois said he was “amazed” at the performance of the district’s “Turnaround Zone” schools, which were schools that had struggled with their school performance scores in the past.
Pat Russo, who has been on the board for 14 years, said she wanted to praise the students who performed well on high-pressure standardized tests.
“To them I say, ‘great job,’ ” she said.
Like Pujol, board member Catherine Davis said raising the school district’s scores to rival the best in the state didn’t happen overnight. Davis, who has been on the board since 1990, said the school district “can’t rest” simply because it got an A grade.
“No, Ms. Cat, we can’t rest yet because we’re not No. 1,” Pujol said.