DONALDSONVILLE — Revenues from sales tax collections continue coming in at a healthy pace for the Ascension Parish school system, with $6.3 million generated for the school district in July, Diane Allison, director of business services for the district, told board members Tuesday.
The figure was $1.2 million more than budgeted, Allison said.
“It’s largely from the CF Industries expansion,” she said, referring to the Donaldsonville nitrogen plant’s $2.1 million expansion project.
Allison said the project might be completed in December.
The School Board won’t see sales tax revenue figures as high as they have been once the CF Industries expansion is complete, she said, but other industrial projects that are generating sales tax monies are underway in the parish.
In another matter Tuesday, Superintendent Patrice Pujol said that as hard as School Board staff worked to make it happen, the fall football jamboree scheduled Sept. 5 will be held at Dutchtown High instead of at St. Amant High, to allow the new grass in the field at St. Amant two more weeks of undisturbed growth before football season begins.
“Our people on our end have moved heaven and earth to get these fields ready. They started the day after graduation” last school year, Pujol said.
“Some things you have no control over,” she said.
The field at St. Amant will be ready for the first home game, Pujol said.
In his report to the School Board’s Technology Committee, prior to the full board meeting, Jake Ragusa, director of information systems and technology, said the Google Chromebooks for all fifth-graders in the district’s 16 primary schools have begun to arrive.
“We should start delivering those devices the second week of September,” Ragusa said. “That will be two to three weeks ahead of our original schedule.”
The fifth grade is the most recent grade to receive a computer device for all of its students in the district’s “One-to-One” program, which is expanding to new grades every school year.
“Our recent technology audit determined that we have almost 30,000 computing devices in the Ascension Parish Schools,” Ragusa said.
“That does not include the Promethean Boards, projectors, printers, document cameras and other technology resources that are available to the students and teachers in our schools,” he said.