Bartow school board to discuss legislative positions
by Mark Andrews
Mar 19, 2013 | 1427 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County Board of Education on Monday tabled an item regarding the Georgia School Boards Association legislative positions. Board member Fred Kittle cited several positions by the GSBA — including calling for non-partisan school board elections, school choice, school vouchers and language regarding transportation costs — he felt the board should discuss before showing support of the document proposed by the organization.

According to GSBA, local board members have two opportunities each year to propose additions, deletions or amendments to the positions.

“My desire as superintendent would be that this board have extensive conversations at the recommendation of Mr. Kittle and come up with a document that all board members feel very comfortable with. I know it’s a board document, but obviously. there is some disagreement,” Superintendent John Harper said during the board’s regular business session.

All GSBA legislative positions are available for view at www.bartow.k12.ga.us under the March 18 agenda.

Also regarding the GSBA, the board voted for members John Howard and Anna Sullivan to serve as a delegate and alternate, respectively, for the organization’s delegate assembly in June.

In other school news, as Georgia Public School Systems move away from the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, the BCBOE has voted to approve the first reading of changes to a board policy establishing the weight of End of Course Tests on a student’s final grade as 20 percent. Any student who has entered ninth grade beginning in 2011 will not be required to take the GHSGT.

“It’s been up in the air whether [EOCT] should be 15 [percent] or 20 [percent], and we wanted to make a standard rather than confuse parents ... And the principals are the ones who gave us the feedback on what they really thought it should be,” Harper said.

The board approved the following items during the business session:

• Modifying policy to allow for the public participation portion to occur after the business meeting consent agenda review at the monthly board work session and at the monthly business meeting before executive session, also allowing community members to sign up for public participation online no later than noon the day of the meeting;

• A $30,000 contract with the Rollins Atlanta Speech School to provide training and in-classroom support for pre-K teachers to integrate literacy and language readiness across the curriculum;

• Clarification to the process of non-certified employee complaints and grievances;

• Modifying board policy to align with HB 623 of the 2003 Georgia Legislative Session regarding the fulfilment of an unexpired board seat;

• Seven bus body and chassis at a bid of $97,762 each, for a total of $684,337, to be taken from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, bus bond and bus replacement funds;

• A $819,000 bid for the new South Central Middle School band room;

• A $794,388 budgeted formal “Planescape” by Vicro Manufacturing to, according to the school system, “accurately and adequately assess and recommend the furnishings needed for the students, teachers and administrative staff for the new Adairsville Middle School. This project will include the installation of furnishings and removal of all associated packaging for the new school.”