City schools to see driver simulators
by Mark Andrews
Aug 10, 2012 | 1171 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville City School System will see the aid of new desktop driver’s education simulators this fall. The surplus of simulators comes from the Bartow County Board of Education, who voted this year to end the program at the individual schools and will instead offer a program at the Bartow County Learning Center.

“[Bartow County] gave us all their simulators for driver’s ed and, of course, they’re tabletop models, which are easier to move around,” Superintendent Howard Hinesley said Thursday during the board’s regular work session.

Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said while some of the simulators are not fully functioning, the city will be able to use parts of the 12 machines in order to make fully functioning simulators.

“The good news is you can get the parts you need from the [simulators] you have … so we should be in pretty good shape,” Hinesley said.

The board will meet Monday at 6 p.m. for its regular business session during which it will vote upon its agenda, with items including bids and requests for proposal for for pest control, a 2013 Ford E-350 van and two 72-passenger school buses.

The pest control bid comes from Jaxx Pest Control of Kennesaw, who issued the low bid of $8,196.

Team Ford of Marietta made the bid for the van at $23,282. Team Ford was the only bid received for the van.

Peach State Freightliner of Jefferson also issued an only bid for school buses at $179,934. City school buses are on a replacement schedule and are paid for with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

Finance Committee Chairwoman Kelley Dial reported SPLOST revenue collected in June was down for July, at $372,748, compared to revenue collected in May for June at $289,500. However, she said the lower revenue was not an issue.

“[July SPLOST] is above what we’ve been budgeting since the spring, which is $350,000,” Dial said.