Zachary School Board members approved the district’s five-year strategic plan during an Oct. 20 meeting.

School Board members and district staff, advisory members from the community and parents met for months sharing ideas, thoughts and insights.

Superintendent Scott Devillier said the 69-page document serves as a road map to help guide the district over the next five years. The committees worked to develop goals and action plans for each of the seven areas of focus within the district: academics, extracurricular and accountability; technology; parental and community involvement; policy and governance; operations; human resources; and finance.

During the planning process, a draft of the plan summary for each area and the committees’ findings were submitted to the board for final approval.

Devillier said each committee developed a strategic plan for its assigned area, consisting of several elements, including identifying a mission — what the district hopes to accomplish; a vision — what leaders envision for the district; goals; action plans; and determining where the school district stands. Through five guiding principles, Devillier said the district intends to provide a well-rounded educational experience for all students that is rigorous, diverse and engaging; prepare students for post-secondary educational opportunities and careers; strengthen productive partnerships; provide employees and students with safe, efficient and functional environments; and maximize organizational efficiency and productivity in pursuit of the district’s overall mission of assisting every student in reaching his or her maximum potential.

Also at the meeting, School Board members made a donation to the Regional Veterans Park in Zachary.

Board Member Gaynell Young presented John Taylor, Frank Ragsdale and Greg MacDougall with a $500 check from the board’s courtesy account to assist the veterans in building out the park, which is under construction.

Taylor said commemorative brick pavers can be purchased for $100 each and inscribed with the name, service dates and military branch of any veteran, past or present, as well as the name of anyone serving in the military.

Additional ways to contribute include becoming a financial sponsor of the park or by becoming a member of the Regional Veterans Park Association for a fee of $25.

The group hopes the park will be open by Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The School Board’s next work session and meeting will be Nov. 17.