GONZALES — The Ascension Parish School Board announced Tuesday that the $600,000 in renovations and electrical upgrades to Donaldsonville High School have been completed.

Construction began in January and included work to the school’s band room, restrooms and new flooring. It is part of a $100 million, 5-year plan to upgrade 22 campuses and was paid for by a bond initiative approved by Ascension voters in 2009.

The board also approved Allrite Electric Inc.’s low bid of $111,860 for electrical upgrades to Donaldsonville Primary School, and the sole bid of $30,905 for a new HVAC unit for the St. Amant Middle School band room, which was submitted by Baker Distributing Co.

In other board business:

SACS VISIT: The board discussed preparations for an upcoming Southern Association of Colleges and Schools quality assurance review visit in October.

Superintendent Patrice Pujol said Ascension schools were among the first to be accredited as a district five years ago.

The visit is part of the process of renewing that accreditation, she said.

The district recently created a “Turnaround Zone,” made up of seven schools in the system with school performance scores lower than 90 out of 200 possible points. The district’s average is 105.6.

All schools within the zone have either implemented or will implement the Teacher Advancement Program, which is a pay-for-performance system for teachers.

Each school will also receive concentrated attention and resources from the newly created Office of Turnaround and Instruction, Pujol said.

The last SACS visit resulted in a recommendation that the district address lower student performance in its schools in areas with high concentrations of poverty, Pujol said. The Turnaround Zone was created to address that issue.