ZACHARY — The Zachary Community School Board tended to budget matters Thursday.
Members voted unanimously to set a budget of $50,000 for a softball locker room, $39,500 for a digital sign to be placed in front of Zachary High School, and $36,500 for a similar sign for Northwestern Middle School.
The funds for all three projects will come from the $40 million in bonds approved by voters last November for various construction projects.
The locker room building, to be built in the Zachary Youth Park, will be a joint endeavor between the school district and city government, Operations Director Scott Devillier said during the council’s “work session.” He added that the city already pledged matching funds of up to $50,000 for the project.
Councilman Hubie Owen asked who would coordinate the project and whether the School Board had a contract containing an “out” in case the city decided sometime in the future to cease to allow the school district to use the new locker room.
Devillier acknowledged Owen’s concerns and said there would be time to address them .
“As far as who will do what, this is more organized than it seems. We will do it as inexpensively as possible,” Superintendent Warren Drake said. “This will be a beautiful facility for our girls, who really need it.”
Devillier said he was happy with the budget for the digital signs, which were based on discussions with Daktronics Corp.
“We are also going to make this an in-house project,” Devillier said. “That will save us a lot of money.”
Other items discussed by the board included:
INTEL AWARD: The board heard a presentation from Principal Jennifer Marangos about Zachary Elementary’s science program. The school was a finalist for the Intel Schools of Distinction Award. The national contest rewards schools that excel by “demonstrating excellence in math and science education through innovative teaching and learning environments,” according to the company’s website.
As one of three finalists in the elementary category, Zachary Elementary received $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., for four representatives. Councilwoman Jannie Rogers, who went on the trip, presented Marangos with a plaque from the board.
“When I saw all those big schools from around the country, I was proud that we were there, from little Zachary,” Rogers said.