The Ascension Parish School Board on Tuesday unanimously voted to call a special election to bring before voters a $120 million, 20-year bond proposal for three new primary schools, a new middle school, planning for a new high school and more.

The election would be held on April 9 if the State Bond Commission gives its approval.

The proposal, if passed, would be paid for by extending an existing 15.08-mill property tax that’s dedicated for repairs and construction.

In a growing school district that numbers about 500 new students each year, the three new primary schools, each costing in the neighborhood of $16 million to $17 million, would relieve crowding at six primary schools on the east side of the parish, the fastest-growing area of Ascension.

The new middle school that would be built for $29.3 million would help relieve overcrowding at two middle schools on the east bank.

The bond issue, if approved by voters, would also provide $2 million for the site planning and permitting for a future new high school.

Construction of the school, on the east side of the parish, would require voter approval of another bond issue to be paid with existing property taxes.

Schools that would get additions and renovations include Dutchtown Primary in the Geismar area and Lowery Middle and Ascension Head Start, both in Donaldsonville.

The old library at Donaldsonville High School would be turned into classrooms and office space, and Prairieville Middle would get a new gym.

Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol said after Tuesday’s board meeting that she, along with board members and other staff, will be getting information about the proposed bond issue and the projects it would fund out to the community in the coming months.

“We certainly want this to be a community project and for everyone to be on board with what we’re trying to do,” Pujol said.

Voters last passed a bond initiative in 2009, when they approved a $100 million bond issue, repaid with property taxes, for major renovations and school construction.

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