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Zachary Elementary students are currently collecting donations for the students in areas affected by Hurricane Isaac.  Each student, regardless of how much they bring, will receive a heart with their name on it. The hearts will be displayed in the school’s cafeteria windows.  The student support of this effort has been tremendous. The project included an in-class lesson on the Hurricane’s destructive path.

 

 

The Zachary Community School Board would like your input on the selection of the next Superintendent of Zachary Community Schools. Tell us what matters most to you. Complete the short survey at the link below to voice your opinion on the characteristics that you want to see in our next leader.

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Due to the impact of Hurricane Isaac, all schools and offices in the Zachary Community School District will remain closed on Thursday, August 30.  District officials are monitoring the situation and will make decisions about the remainder of the week as information becomes available.

In the interest of the safety of our students, faculty and staff there will be no school in the Zachary Community School District on Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29. All Zachary Community School District schools and offices will be closed. Officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and will update the public as new information is available. Parents are encouraged to monitor the school district’s website for the latest information.

All schools in the Zachary Community School District will be open on Monday, August 27. ZCSB officials will be in contact with the Office of Emergency Preparedness to further monitor the weather. In the event of a school closure, information will be posted on the district website and through local media.

The Zachary Community School Board has released application information for candidates interested in applying for superintendent. The information is available at http://www.zacharyschools.org/supesearch.html

Zachary Community School District, the City of Zachary, and the Zachary Chamber of Commerce will host a reception honoring Superintendent Warren Drake on Wednesday, August 15 from 5- 7 p.m. After 10 years leading the state’s top performing school district, Drake leaves in early September to become a Network Leader for the Louisiana Department of Education. The community is invited to stop in and join us in wishing him farewell at the Zachary Community School Board Main Office 3755 Church St.

Family Circle today announced the results of its exclusive survey to identify the magazine’s annual list of 10 Best Towns for Families and includes Zachary, LA. The communities featured in the magazine’s annual roundup of perfect places to call home combine affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces, strong public school systems and giving spirits. Theresults of the comprehensive survey appear in Family Circle’s August 2012 issue, on newsstands this week.

This year’s 10 Best Towns for Families are:

  • Bay Village, Ohio
  • Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Vail, Arizona
  • Fishers, Indiana
  • Ballwin, Missouri
  • Louisville, Colorado
  • Longmeadow, Massachusetts
  • Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • Zachary, Louisiana
  • Oak Park, Illinois

 “We are thrilled to be included in Family Circle’s “Best Towns and Cities” List and be ranked as one of the top ten cities in the country!” said Zachary Mayor David Amrhein. “Now everyone will know what we have known all along—that Zachary is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise your family. The strength of any community is found in the hearts and minds of the people. The Zachary community is marked by a tangible spirit of caring and service. We pride ourselves on maintaining a safe, affordable community, with a top performing school district, providing a high quality of life.” 

“The Zachary Community School District is proud to play a role in making this community a great place for families to live and learn. Our teachers and staff work hard to provide a first-rate education for all of our students,” said Zachary Community School District Superintendent Warren Drake.

The publication contacted the City of Zachary, Zachary Community Schools and Zachary Chamber of Commerce as part of the selection process. The article features an interview with local couple Nick and Jennifer Carr who grew up in the area and currently have three children in Zachary Schools.  “These communities have it all, making them perfect places to call home,” the magazine boasts. Family Circle has released the list annually in the August issue of the publication since 2007, highlighting places that families want to call home.

The August issue of Family Circle is on newsstands now. The Best List Towns for Families can also be found on Family Circle’s web site: http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/travel/best-towns-for-families-2012/

For more information including images and interview opportunities, please contact: Blair Decembrele, Family Circle magazine at 212.551.6955, Blair.decembrele@meredith.com or Sharon Phillips, Public Relations Coordinator for the City of Zachary, Sharon.phillips@cityofzachary.org.

About Family Circle

Published 12 times a year by Meredith Corporation, with a circulation of 3.8 million and 19 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in the world. Family Circle provides smart, relevant advice, sensible solutions and inspiration in a voice that encourages and celebrates success in its pages and online at www.familycircle.com. Family Circle has always been committed to women’s issues and in 1973 became the first women’s magazine to fully underwrite a professional women’s sporting event, the Family Circle Cup, an annual women’s tennis tournament held in April in Charleston, South Carolina, at Family Circle Magazine Stadium.

Survey Methodology

With the help of Onboard Informatics, a New York City research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data, Family Circle initially assembled a list of 3,335 cities and towns with populations between 11,000 and 150,000. From that, some 1,300 localities having a high concentration of households with median incomes between $55,000 and $96,000 were selected. We then assessed which places best met our family-friendly criteria—including affordable homes, quality schools, access to health care, green space, low crime rate and financial stability—and ranked them from top to bottom. Family Circle selected the ten winners from among the highest-rated towns.

The Zachary Community School District announced Monday that Superintendent Warren Drake will be leaving the district to accept the position of Network Leader with the Louisiana Department of Education. Drake has been the district’s superintendent since 2002, and was the first paid superintendent of the Zachary Community School District. Drake’s last day in the district will be September 4.

“My time in Zachary, laying the foundation for the state’s premier school district, has provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime. I leave this school district with a profound sense of gratitude and pride to have been a part of an institution and community steeped in excellence. Much like the challenge of crafting a new school district, Louisiana’s changing education system and the implementation of new curriculum standards and teacher evaluation methods offer exciting opportunities for innovative thinking,” Drake said. The network leader position is one of five, newly created, to assist districts in implementing the Common Core Curriculum and teacher evaluation system. The network leaders will report directly to State Superintendent of Education John White.

“Although we are sorry to see him go, we wish Mr. Drake the best in his new role with the Louisiana Department of Education. We are proud to have him share knowledge gained in leading our district to impact the lives of other students within the state,” School Board President Jannie Rogers said.

Drake will remain in place through the start the 2012-2013 school year providing a transition period for the district’s new leadership.

“As a board we will discuss the search process for a new superintendent at a board meeting or a retreat in the coming days,” Rogers said.