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CCBOE recommends reorganizing two departments

The Cartersville City School Board will consider a departmental reorganization, a bid award and out-of-state trips for two schools at its regular meeting Monday night.

At Thursday night’s work session, Superintendent Dr. Howard Hinesley recommended reorganizing the transportation and maintenance departments due to Maintenance Director James Surratt retiring Oct. 1.

Hinesley recommended promoting Transportation/Facilities Director Ken Paige to director of operations over both departments, while promoting Keith Wilkey to supervisor of maintenance and Kim Black to supervisor of transportation.

“I’m recommending ... that rather than filling Mr. Surratt’s position to reorganize and make Ken Paige the director of operations,” he said. “He would be over transportation and maintenance.”

Wilkey, an electrician and foreman of the maintenance department, would still be the school system’s electrician, Hinesley said.

Black is a secretary in the transportation department, and the system would advertise internally for her replacement.

“Our estimate, depending on the experience of the person who gets the job, would be a savings of somewhere between $10,000 and $40,000 to the system,” Hinesley said. “... In each case, [the employees being promoted] will get a little bit of a bump in salary and recognized for the hard work they’ve done, and I think you won’t see any difference in the service.”

All promotions would be effective Oct. 1.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, board members will recognize Surratt as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for September.

Surratt, who is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments, will receive a $50 gift certificate to LongHorn Steakhouse from New Frontier of Bartow County Inc., along with having his name being added to a perpetual plaque displayed at the central office.

“He certainly deserves this, and we’ll make sure he gets this if nobody [from his family] is able to come,” Hinesley said.

The superintendent will recommend purchasing 12 Spectrum Mobile laptop carts from low bidder CDW Government LLC in Vernon Hills, Illinois, for $17,880.

Hinesley also recommended approving two overnight/out-of-state trips: for the high school’s Cahisco yearbook staff and The Chipper newspaper staff to attend the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association (JEA/NSPA) National Convention in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 12-15; and for the seventh- and eighth-graders in the middle school chorus to perform at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, April 28 to May 1.

The board will consider approving a rental request from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the high school track for a pack test for wildland fire fighting on Oct. 20 from 3:15 to 5 p.m.

The board’s regular monthly meeting will be Monday at 6 p.m. at the central office at 15 Nelson St.