GONZALES — The approximately $224.8 million general fund budget for 2015-16 that the Ascension Parish School Board approved this week will put mobile computing devices in the hands of each student in grades 5 through 12, expand a teacher advancement program and fund 22 construction projects on 15 campuses.
Superintendent Patrice Pujol said the budget “puts a high priority on instruction,” with the expansion of the One-to-One technology providing individual computing devices to students.
In the next expansion of the program, computing devices will be provided for students in grades three and four.
A program of professional development for staff and faculty, called the Teacher and Student Advancement Program (TAP), will be expanded from 10 schools to 12 schools in the new fiscal year, Pujol said.
And, she said, through ongoing construction projects the budget puts as a high priority “making sure students have a strong learning environment.”
Capital projects in the new fiscal year will include the first phases of construction on new, separate classroom buildings for the Freshman Academy programs for ninth-graders at Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant high schools.
A new library at Donaldsonville High School and additions to the athletic facilities at all four high schools also are planned.
The budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 is an increase of 3 percent over last year’s budget.
With revenues for the new fiscal year expected to be approximately $225.9 million, the budget is, in effect, a break-even document, with an excess of revenue over expenses of approximately $1.1 million, said Diane Allison, director of business services.