The Ascension Parish School Board on Tuesday approved options to purchase property on La. 73, north of Interstate 10.

If the School Board ultimately buys the approximately 12 acres, priced at the appraised value of $1.5 million, it would become the site of a new primary school to relieve overcrowding at Spanish Lake and Dutchtown Primary schools, Chad Lynch, planning and construction director, said in his report to a School Board committee Tuesday.

School Board attorney Jeff Diez said members of the May family, which owns two tracts of property totaling 11.7 acres, on Tuesday signed an option to sell the land to the School Board.

The board’s action on Tuesday isn’t a purchase agreement, Diez said, and the School Board has 60 days to decide about a purchase, but for that time period, “It’s basically ours (to consider) until you say ‘yay’ or ‘nay.’ ”

Lynch also told the board that a property owner with approximately seven acres of land on Carrie Lane that backs up to Dutchtown High School has written to say he will be selling the property and is giving the School Board first choice.

“This property represents a potential rear-access point for Dutchtown High,” Lynch said.

It’s something the school has needed for the 12 years since it was built, he said.

An item asking for permission for Lynch to get more information about the property will be on the School Board’s agenda at its next meeting on Aug. 25.

On Tuesday, the School Board also approved an agreement with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for the sheriff’s use of the adult education building on the former West Ascension Elementary campus in Donaldsonville, which closed in 2005, for a new Sheriff’s Office substation.