With approximately 400 new students this school year, the Ascension Parish school district added several new hires, Superintendent Patrice Pujol told School Board members at Tuesday’s board meeting.

The school district has hired five new regular education teachers, one new special education teacher and two paraprofessionals, Pujol said.

Just a few weeks into the new school year, School Board member Patricia Russo said she had heard some concerns about a long line of cars, with parents waiting to pick up their children at Central Primary school.

“The pickup (line) is way into the road,” Russo said.

Pujol said Central Primary didn’t have a big increase in students this year, and that the line of cars seems to be due to more parents choosing to drive their children to and from school at this point in the school year.

After a few weeks of driving at the start of school, many parents then look into the bus drive for their child and become more comfortable putting them on the bus, Pujol said.

The School Board’s insurance committee heard on Tuesday from Chuck LeBlanc, with Bourg Insurance Agency of Donaldsonville, regarding the school district’s renewal of its casualty and liability coverage with the Louisiana Public Schools Risk Management Agency.

The board’s premium for the year would be $855,348, a slight increase over last year’s premium, due to an increase in expenses regarding automobile coverage, LeBlanc said.

There were 289 automobiles on the policy last school year and 325 this school year, he said.