Posted: Aug 11, 2011 9:31 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish school system registered 18,951 students on the first day of classes Wednesday, 215 more than last year's first-day count.
A school spokesman tells The Advocate he expects that number to rise slightly once all the adjustments are made.
Spanish Lake Primary, built just two years ago to accommodate about 600 students in ideal circumstances, registered 750 students as of Wednesday.
The biggest changes in Ascension, however, were at Donaldsonville High and the combined campuses of the new Lowery Middle and Elementary schools.
Six years ago, when the old Lowery Middle and West Ascension Elementary campuses closed, the seventh- and eighth- grade students were moved to T-buildings on Donaldsonville High School's campus.
This year, those 130 students - and the T-buildings - were moved to Lowery Middle.