DONALDSONVILLE — Ascension Parish School Board member Robyn Penn Delaney asked the board Tuesday to take another look at future plans for the location of Head Start services in Donaldsonville.
Plans in the works call for renovating the Ascension Head Start School at 600 Lee Ave. in Donaldsonville, the only Head Start site in the parish not located at a primary school.
Renovations, using 2009 bond money, would include an electrical upgrade to the building and the replacement of glass-topped walls, Chad Lynch, planning and construction director for the school system, said after Tuesday’s meeting.
Delaney favors a new location on the campus of Donaldsonville Primary School, at 38210 La. 3089, if possible.
“It’s so isolated,” Delaney said of Head Start’s location in Donaldsonville.
She said she thinks Donaldsonville Primary “would be a better setting not only for students but for the teachers” in the Head Start program, providing new collaboration between teachers in each setting.
Head Start is a federally funded preschool program that provides services to low-income children and their families.
The board’s facilities committee will look at the matter at its next meeting, on March 3.
Prior to this week’s School Board meeting, board President Lorraine Wimberly removed from the agenda an item that would have called for a vote by the board on whether to purchase a roughly 6-acre tract of property off La. 74 near Dutchtown High School that would provide another route to and from the campus.
The price of the property is $200,100.
Wimberly said after the meeting that she felt the new board members should be provided with more information about the proposal before a vote is taken.
The possible property purchase will be discussed in the board’s strategic planning committee on March 3 and come up for a vote by the full board on March 17.