While Ascension Parish School Board revenue from sales tax collections for August were 10 percent higher than in August of last year, the $5.4 million in sales tax revenue last month is the lowest since March of this year, Diane Allison, director of business services, said in a report Tuesday to the School Board.

She noted it’s likely a result of a $253 million expansion project at BASF that began two years ago and that appears to be coming to a close.

School Board expenditures of $17.5 million for August came in at 2 percent under budget, even as many projects were underway, Allison noted.

“August includes $957,853 in major maintenance projects at 11 different campuses,” she said.

The School Board on Tuesday recognized assistant principals, master teachers, teacher coaches and mentor teachers who will take part in this school year’s Ascension Leadership Academy.

The academy program, said Jennifer Tuttleton, director of school improvement, is part of the school district’s succession planning for the future, “to develop a talent pool of leaders.”

Those in the academy this school year will take part in monthly leadership seminars and special projects, as well as shadow other leaders, she said.

Assistant principals in the academy are Martha Babin, G.W. Carver Primary; Amy Champagne, Duplessis Primary; Nicole Elmore, Donaldsonville High; LaToyia Green, St. Amant Middle; Mikie Long, Prairieville Primary; Roddy Melancon, Gonzales Primary; Marguerite Ruiz, St. Amant Primary; Kim Uzee, East Ascension High; and Chazz Watson, Lowery Elementary.

Teachers in the program are Melissa Caro, Gonzales Primary; Kellie Gonzales, Gonzales Middle; Holly Haase, Lowery Middle; Carlotta Williams, Gonzales Primary; Allison Brignac, East Ascension High; Rachel Pendarvis, Oak Grove Primary; and Shannon Hudson, Gonzales Middle.