Bartow 'on track' for new Cloverleaf Elementary
by Mark Andrews
Mar 15, 2011 | 2136 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County Board of Education last night held their regular work session, hearing recommendations for the approval of items on the agenda for next Monday's business session as well as reports on schools nearing construction and the system's five-year strategic plan.

Rick Little, construction and planning director for Bartow schools, showed aerial photos of the new Cloverleaf Elementary site, explaining the site has be cleared and grubbed but there have recently been delays in progress due to the rain.

"[Rain] doesn't bode well for construction," Little said, "but we have fought the rain and bad weather and we are hopefully on track."

Little said the original cost of the contract for the project was approximately $13 million and the county has thus far spent $145,088 on the project, leaving a balance of approximately $12.9 million.

He said sewer lines have been installed on the property and that the county plans to replant trees surrounding the site that were previously removed.

Little also presented to the board information concerning the school system's five-year strategic plan, saying the plan predicts a slower growth in student population versus the previous plan.

"This current five-year plan shows a projected growth of only 67 students per year, and that's directly related to the economy," Little said. "The previous five-year plan projected a growth of over 300 students per year."

He said the current plan predicts a total of approximately $19.6 million in state capital outlay

"That's our piece of the pie, that's our state need," Little said, "and our entitlement is based on the percentage of the total state need."

The full agenda for next Monday's business session can be found at