Parents hope for new Zachary supt. to maintain excellence


POSTED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 4:34pm

It's no question, education is held in high regard to parents like Christy Dotson in Zachary.

"Top priority," Dotson said.

With the state's top-rated system losing its superintendent, Dotson hopes whoever the board selects as Warren Drake's replacement is able to keep up the good work.

"The education here is excellent and my children do very well in this system," Dotson said.

But during those long summer months, keeping the kids occupied -- and educated -- is a responsibility partially picked up by BREC summer camps.

"That's vital," said camp counselor Aurianne Allen. "Over the summer you can either regress or progress."

Doubling as an LSU education major, Allen knows the importance of keeping up the children's skill levels on their break from instruction. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the group heads on field trips to combine fun with learning.

"We usually incorporate something educational," said Allen. "Went to the state museum, science museum."

The effort is appreciated by parent's like Dotson, who was dropping her children off Friday morning. When her children leave the camps and the school year does start in Zachary, she suggests the new person in charge to demand the same status of excellence from faculty, students, and parents.

"Very good at giving us a voice," said Dotson. "Continue to allow the community to have a voice in the educational system."

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