The Ascension Parish School Board on Tuesday decided to allow the Ascension 4-H Foundation to continue to lease school district property in Sorrento for the Ascension Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Club.

Chad Lynch, planning and construction director with the school district, told School Board members the new contract with the 4-H Foundation is for two years, with one-year successive automatic renewals after that.

In its previous contract, the parish’s 4-H Shooting Sports Club used the range, which it established on the property, on Saturdays and Sundays; under the new contract the club will also use the range on weekdays in the early evening, after School Board staff has left for the day, Lynch said. The shooting range is not open to the public, Lynch said.

The School Board has its maintenance facility on the front part of the otherwise undeveloped property, which fronts Airline Highway in Sorrento.

Thad Bellow, coordinator of the Ascension Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Club, said in a phone interview after the School Board meeting that the club was established in 2001.

It serves students from fourth grade through high school. Instructors work with students at the range with target shooting in archery and with air rifles and pistols, BB guns, .22 caliber rifles and pistols and .12 gauge and .20 gauge shotguns.

“All the kids in the program first go through the Louisiana Hunter Education program,” a 10-hour course that teaches gun safety, hunting and conservation, Bellow said.

For information on the Sports Shooting Club, call the Ascension 4-H Foundation at (225) 621-5799.