The Ascension Parish School Board on Tuesday approved the $200,100 purchase of a 6-acre tract off La. 74 near Dutchtown High School, with an eye to one day building a road that will provide another access route to the Geismar school, which now has its sole entrance and exit on La. 73.

In the meantime, the property will provide field space for student athletics, as well as spillover parking for games, said Chad Lynch, planning and construction director for the school district.

In answer to board member Shawn Sevario’s question about the timeline for a possible road through the property from the school campus to La. 74, Superintendent Patrice Pujol said a funding source for the road hasn’t yet been identified.

Once funding is secured, it should take about six months for the road to be built, Lynch said, with about three months for the design phase and another three months for construction.

Also on Tuesday, the board gave the go-ahead to cooperative agreements with two other government agencies:

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for its use of a building on the former campus of West Ascension Elementary School on St. Patrick Street in Donaldsonville as a satellite location of the Sheriff’s Office. The elementary school site has been closed for more than 10 years.

The 23rd Judicial District Court to house the Families in Need of Services program in a building on the former campus of G.W. Carver Primary School in Gonzales. The primary school moved to a new site last year.

Editor’s note: Story was corrected on March 18 to change La. 44 to La. 74.