The Ascension Parish School Board on Tuesday moved further along on the process to buying two pieces of property: one for a classroom addition to an existing primary school and the other for a future primary school and middle school.

Last month, the board executed an agreement to buy about 1 acre of land near the corner of La. 73 and La. 74 and adjacent to Dutchtown Primary School to build a new classroom addition to the school.

The sale will close in about 45 days, pending completion of the title research, Chad Lynch, the school district’s director of planning and construction, told board members.

The $490,000 price tag is within the appraised value, Lynch said.

An alternative plan to add classrooms at the school would have meant a cost of $800,000 to temporarily move and set up again T-buildings to another location on campus, Lynch has said in other board meetings.

For another piece of property for a new middle school and primary school — about 50 acres on La. 42 — the school district’s purchasing department will begin negotiating the price with the seller, Lynch said.

Lynch also said an agreement between the School Board and the Ascension Parish government is moving along that would see the parish acquire the School Board-built sewer plant near Oak Grove Elementary School and the school getting free sewer service for the next 50 years.

The plant, constructed when Oak Grove was built in the mid-1990s, is one of 18 sewer plants built for schools in the district because unincorporated Ascension Parish doesn’t have a sewer system.

In another matter, longtime School Board secretary Robbin Boudreaux was honored upon her retirement after 37 years with the school district.

For the past eight years, Boudreaux was executive assistant to the superintendent and was secretary to the board.

Boudreaux will be joining former Ascension Parish schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol, now president of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, as administrative assistant in the institute’s Baton Rouge office.

Board members presented Boudreaux with roses, a bracelet engraved with her years of service and a jewelry box.

Editor’s note: This story was corrected on June 8, 2016 to provide Boudreaux’s correct title in her new position.

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