The Zachary School Board met for its last meeting before summer on May 5, and it was standing-room-only for the students, teachers, administrators, district personnel and families that attended for the many honors and recognitions given.
The awards had to be distributed in two phases — children first, during the first half of the meeting, and then the adult honorees, who were ushered in as the students and their families exited the meeting room.
Certificates of recognition for the district and state winners in the Young Authors Writing Contest and students’ work in fiction, nonfiction and poetry were awarded.
Zachary High junior Kyla Bates, a Louisiana finalist in the Poetry Out Loud competition, was lauded for her participation in the national POL program. She performed an impromptu recitation of the poem “For the Young Who Want To,” by Marge Piercy.
Board members also recognized the district’s outstanding support employees and substitute employees of the year, as well as bus drivers of the year.
Oliver Humbles, driver of the year for Zachary Elementary, also was named District Driver of the Year.
Nine retirees from the school district were honored with plaques.
The board also discussed and adopted the 2015 millage rates for property taxes by assessing the same millages as in 2014.
The property tax breakdown: 5 mills, which is a constitutional tax authorized by the state Legislature that may be used for the general operation of the school board; 36 mills, debt service assessed for the retirement of the general obligation bonds, which are used to finance the district’s $129 million construction program; and 38.2 mills, a renewable tax used for the general operation of the school board and authorized by Zachary taxpayers.
A budget amendment and transfer amount of $8,705,136 from the fund balance was approved for expenses associated with ongoing construction, $5 million; the multi-purpose field and track, $1,150,000; technology, $630,000; and school lunches, $500,000.
A cooperative endeavor agreement between the school district and the city of Zachary for the use of Zachary Youth Park was renewed, as well as a joint agreement between the two entities for School Resource Officers and crossing guards.