The Zachary School Board approved a two-year administrative contract for Jeff Hand, the district’s new supervisor of technology, at its July 21 meeting.
Hand will oversee technology initiatives and the district’s technology plan, school data uploads, software purchases and student accounts and databases.
As the technology supervisor over secondary programs in ninth- through 12th-grade, Hand will be responsible for career and technical education, distance learning, dual enrollment, credit recovery, dropouts, summer school and part of the JumpStart team.
An academic and operational chart was given to school board members at the meeting, outlining supervisors jobs and their areas of responsibility.
In other school board news: Board members approved the low bid to install a Subway sandwich line at Northwestern Middle School, emulating the one already at Zachary High, Allyson Russell, the district’s child nutrition supervisor, said.
“The idea is to feature a type of “grab and go” healthy lunch option in order to increase student participation in lunch,” said Russell. “The reality is, some students are not eating lunch at all and many just grab a bag of chips or candy bar and take it outside so they can spend the rest of lunch with their friends.”
The Subway lines will be offered on alternating days but with other healthy options like salads and hot meals.
Also, Director of Human Resources Yolanda Williams reported on the health insurance costs for employee benefits packages, which show a decrease from 12 percent to 9.9 percent.
“We’re going to go out into the district again to stress the importance of wellness checks and employees making the right decisions for themselves and their families,” Williams said.
The board approved the 2015-2016 package which gives employees three options including $500 and $1,000 deductibles.
Scott Devillier welcomed a group of newly hired district employees, ranging from elementary English language arts teachers and high school math and English teachers to maintenance and janitorial staff.
A reception for the new employees was held between the school board work session and regular meeting.