Zachary board approves land purchase

The Zachary Community School Board agreed Thursday to purchase four acres of land near Northwestern Middle School from the Zachary Men’s Club.

The property will be carved from a larger tract of land that the club owns on the northwest corner of East Central Avenue and Avenue A, Building Committee Chairman Scott Swilley said.

Swilley said the club has agreed to sell the property for $120,000. Board attorney Ricky McDavid said the city of Zachary must approve the subdivision of the land.

The school has been using the property on an informal basis for physical education classes, and the school district has no plans for any other use at this time, Swilley said.

McDavid said he hopes the sale can be final in about a month.

Other topics included:

NATIONAL RECOGNITION: The board recognized Copper Mill Elementary teacher Leah Boulton and Maegan LaBorde, of Zachary Elementary School, for attaining certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

LaBorde, who teaches third grade, obtained her certification as a generalist in middle childhood education. Boulton, who teaches fifth grade, was certified in literacy, reading and language arts for early and middle childhood students.

The certifications are good for 10 years.

The state requires the district to pay National Board-certified teachers an extra $5,000 per year for the accomplishment, but Zachary adds another $1,500. Personnel Director Yolanda Williams said the state once reimbursed local districts for the incentive pay, but the reimbursement was eliminated several years ago.

Williams said 30 of the district’s approximately 390 teachers have earned national certification.

COMMITTEES: New board President Gaynell Young announced her committee assignments for 2013, saying the focus of the Athletic Committee has been renamed and expanded to include academic matters and all extracurricular activities.

The board also eliminated its Personnel Committee as a result of numerous changes in state laws regarding hiring and employee compensation. Young said she added a committee to focus on technology issues.