ZACHARY — The Zachary Community School Board voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Henry Carville as architect for the proposed remodeling of Zachary Elementary School.
“Mr. Carville has done a lot of great work for us,” operations director Scott Devillier said. “He knows what we expect in our buildings.”
Carville designed Zachary’s new first- and second-grade school, which is scheduled to be completed in 15 to 18 months. Work on the Zachary Elementary project will begin after the new school is finished, Devillier said.
Zachary Elementary will serve third- and fourth-graders after the renovation. Second- and third-graders now attend the school.
Other matters considered by the board included:
ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS: During their work session, board members heard from Michelle Clayton, director of academic accountability, about a special assessment system for alternative schools.
Clayton said that the state’s assessment results in most alternative schools receiving ratings of unacceptable.
“School districts have to come up with something or the state will end up taking over every alternative school,” she said. “Students at the alternative school can’t get to basic. If they could, they’d be at Zachary High School.”
The proposed assessment system would not replace the state’s score, but would be designed to better reflect the challenges unique to alternative schools, Clayton said.
SPORTS INJURY POLICY: The board agreed to adopt a sports injury management policy in accordance with Act 314 of the state Legislature.
The policy sets guidelines coaches must follow in addressing student injuries during athletic activity, including when to remove athletes from games or practices and seek medical attention for injured students.
Board member Carl Kelley said the guidelines are a bare minimum and the School Board could make the policy more stringent later if necessary.
JROTC CADETS: Maj. Leslie Martin presented nine Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets from the Zachary High School Bronco Battalion to the board for an oath-taking ceremony.
Superintendent Warren Drake and Board President Sharon Samuel administered the oath to the students.
“You represent not just your school, but these board members and the whole system. Your responsibility is great,” Drake told the boys.