The equipment, which includes hardware and software, will be used to replace the school system's existing 23 computer servers with four servers and will be located at the central office and technology building. Current servers are spread throughout the city's schools, central office and technology building.
Superintendent Howard Hinesley said the decision to replace the servers came after a recent state audit that showed the servers being vulnerable and potentially accessible to users outside of the school system's technology department. He said the servers hold, for example, financial data.
"If data was to be jeopardized, then it would be our fault," Hinesley said.
In other board of education news, the board approved the recommendation to clarify changes in the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Procedures as well a class ranking and honors policy that emphasizes that valedictorian or salutatorian candidates must spend four consecutive semesters at Cartersville High School.
Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said the need to emphasize this information came after reports of controversy in Cherokee County and other school districts where valedictorian and salutatorian candidates had not physically attended their school of origin, but acquired the necessary grades through joint enrollment programs.
The board voted to approve textbook adoption recommendations for kindergarten to 12th-grade art, music, social studies and 11th- and 12th-grade math.
Finance committee chairperson Kelley Dial reported on Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax collected over the past seven months, which totaled more than $2.7 million.
"Our monthly [SPLOST] average remains at $395,000, which is well above what we averaged, so we're hopeful there," Dial said.
The board voted to recommend making available for public review and comment the school system's new bullying, harassment and intimidation policies as well as the policy concerning seclusion and restraint for all students.
Hinesley reiterated that the school system has bullying policies on the books, but is following state guidelines.