Posted: Oct 28, 2010 6:31 PM by Sarah Rosario, Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 28, 2010 6:31 PM
There are big plans in Zachary to improve schools, but it's up to residents to decide if they want to keep their current tax load to pay for it.
The current rate of 36 mills includes a former bond issue passed in 2003 and set to expire soon. School officials are asking voters to keep that rate to pay for a $40 million in bonds to continue renovations and new construction in the district.
Parents said construction to Zachary schools has improved during the last couple of years but it still has a long way to go.
“I moved here because I wanted my daughter to have a good school district and they seem to care here,” said one parent.
Some of the complaints are overcrowding and T-buildings, and the district’s goal with the bond issue is to alleviate some of those problems.
“The purpose of the bond election is to do two things, to provide for growth… and to get rid of the temporary or portable buildings,” said Superintendent Warren Drake. “I think we’ve been good stewards with the money the people of Zachary have entrusted us with and because of that we’ve built their trust.”
One of the biggest projects the money will be used for is the construction of a new elementary school on Rollins Road for first and second graders.
Northwestern Elementary will also be renovated into a kindergarten center, while third and fourth graders will move to the current Zachary Elementary School.
That building will also be expanded to 30 classrooms, while Copper Mill Elementary will get a gym for fifth and sixth graders and new science labs.