As we enter the Easter Holidays, I want to thank all of our students, teachers, staff, parents and the community for making a very challenging year, a successful one for Ascension Parish.
Significant strides in our recovery have been made over the last several weeks: Galvez Primary, Lake Elementary, St. Amant Primary and St. Amant High successfully reunited their respective students and staff on single sites; temporary band halls at Lake Elementary, St. Amant Middle and St. Amant High are installed, inspected and will soon be filled with music; and we are very close to moving out of our last remaining host situation with Galvez Middle on Central Middle's campus.
The Fire Marshal inspection of Galvez Primary's temporary buildings on Monday revealed one item that required additional attention. That item was addressed and corrected today, and the Fire Marshal is scheduled to return tomorrow at 1 p.m. for a final review.
Before we break for the holiday weekend, I would like to give you a quick update on the status of our flood recovery.
Every year, our district produces a Report to the Community, which is our way of keeping you informed about what is taking place in our school system. This year's report will be included in Thursday's editions of The Advocate, Donaldsonville Chief and Gonzales Weekly.
Yesterday, we celebrated the return of St. Amant High School to its campus in both a brand new freshman academy and temporary buildings. This was a major milestone in our district's flood recovery, and I am happy to report that everything ran very smoothly.
I am happy to report that Ascension Public Schools will be recommended for international accreditation by AdvancED. An external review team completed a visit this week and affirmed the hard work of our students, our entire Ascension Parish School Board staff and the Ascension Parish community. In fact, the lead evaluator said our work is leading other schools and systems in the world.
Our ambitious target of moving into temporary buildings on Feb. 3, 2017, is officially delayed. As stated in our video message earlier this month, we experienced weather delays over the holidays that impacted the installation of temporary structures. We have been able to recover some of that lost time, but unfortunately, we are still behind schedule.