Mougeot Architecture of Baton Rouge said the project total is less than the school board originally budgeted.
The scope of the NES project includes adding a new fire alarm system, installing security cameras and fencing, restroom renovations, a covered play area, remodeling of S.A.S.S.Y. offices, repairing tile and flooring and adding two new teachers' restrooms, said Scott Devillier, director of operations.
The board also accepted a one-year landscape maintenance contract from Angelo's Lawn-Scape of Louisiana for the seven schools within the Zachary district. The contract is for $253,200 and covers essential lawncare items like mowing, pruning, weeding, and turf insect and disease control.
Superintendent Warren Drake also issued a list of personnel recommendations which he said would save the board $670,000 in personnel costs.
The board approved the list which includes retirements, resignations, employment extensions, transfers and the filling of vacancies. The budget savings is part of an overall effort to save $2.1 million.
In Drake's superintendent report, he mentioned the recent testing within the school district and asked Michelle Clayton, the director of academic accountability, to comment.
"Our kids are very knowledgeable," Clayton said, "and testing went very well; it went very smoothly." Clayton said testing scores are due back May 18.
Drake also said Zachary Elementary will open a time capsule on Wednesday, May 4, which has been buried for 25 years, and Copper Mill will have two viewings of their annual art show on Thursday, May 5.
The ZCSB also recognized several students, teachers and principals by honoring them with certificates and banners.
Gary Smelley was recognized for going Beyond the Call of Duty for his work as head custodian at Zachary High. Both Drake and Principal Wes Watts made the presentation.