Cartersville schools' transportation building hits financial road bump
by Mark Andrews
Oct 07, 2011 | 1417 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville City Schools Superintendent Howard Hinesley on Thursday suggested the school board reject during their regular meeting all bids for the projected transportation training building at the school bus barn due to cost, but provided an option for the building.

"We did some due diligence trying to find an alternative that would be good for us and less expensive and so we're looking at a modular ... something similar they have at [The Tabernacle Day School], which is designed like the original [transportation] building called for, but would be the same size," Hinesley said during the board's regular work session.

He said the cost of a modular building would be "substantially less" than the lowest current bid for the facility.

"The low bid was [more than ] $200,000, not counting the equipment and all that good stuff, and it was just too much money," Hinesley said. " ...The original projection was between [$150,000 and $175,000]."

Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said the low bidder provided an option, but the cost was still too high.

"We've already done a lot of prep work ... we've already run power to the site, lots of plumbing to the site, so we've already got some [money] invested in it, which would be outside that contract," Clouse said.

Hinesley said the board will advertise for the modular building next week.

In other school news, finance committee chairwoman Kelley Dial reported Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax collected in August for the month of September at $417,563 and said the board had also received an extra $1,285 from the state.

Dial also addressed the possibility of an insurance increase.

"[The finance committee] also looked at the principals' report, which we do quarterly at the various schools and got an update on possible employer increases to classified employee health insurance, which may be up the road and may be substantial, but that's something we don't quite know all the details of right now, we've just heard rumors and they may be inaccurate," Dial said.

After the work session the board heard from school and central office administrators on the seven goal areas the school system is targeting for its upcoming Southern Association of Colleges and Schools review.

The areas are in teaching and learning; government and leadership; vision and purpose; documenting and using results; resources and support systems; and communications involvement.

For example, Cartersville High School Principal Jay Floyd spoke on vision and purpose.

"Our vision guides us as individuals, our vision guides our strategic plan and our strategic plan guides our school improvement plan for our schools, the school improvement plan then guides the classroom, and that's how it's nailed down," Floyd said, beginning the PowerPoint presentation.

The 37-page presentation will be used toward continuing the school system's SACS accreditation.

The board will vote on all agenda items Monday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the central office boardroom.