Cartersville to honor summer graduates
by Mark Andrews
Sep 07, 2012 | 1647 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City of Cartersville Board of Education during Monday’s regular business session will honor David Derail Barrett and Khrystin Hope Chitwood as Cartersville High School summer graduates.

“Historically, we do not turn off the spigot of opportunity during the summer,” Superintendent Howard Hinesley said during Thursday’s work session. “We afford the opportunity, as long as [students] are willing to come to it, for help sessions for the graduation test … in addition, we have the opportunity for others to take courses online if they’re short on credit, and so we encourage those students to continue.

“Each year we have students who have completed that and our board wants them to come and be recognized.”

Both students will receive their diploma during the business session.

In other school news, the board recognized the CHS football team for its success at this summer’s Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship in Dalton, at the Cam Newton 7-on-7 tournament and at the 7-on-7 competition in Bradenton, Fla.

“These students make high grades and have high character,” coach Frank Barden said.

Items for approval on Monday’s agenda include a contract with Lockstep Technology Group to keep the company on retainer for troubleshooting the technological infrastructure of the schools in the city. The contract is to not exceed $50,000 in the next year and the funds have previously been approved in the city’s budget.

“When we have breakdowns in the infrastructure, which we do quite often, [Lockstep Technology Group] will come help us out with it,” Hinesley said. “They’ll be guiding us through the bid process and what we need to have more wireless capabilities as we move forward.”

Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse added, “We’ve been using [Lockstep Technology Group] on a case-by-case basis, really, for several years and they’ve donated a lot of services to us already.”

Board member and Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Ken Topham reported Cartersville Primary School is in the process of acquiring a new playground.

“[The school needs] to cut down on the walking time and spend more time in the classroom and out on the playground, so [Principal Walter Gordon] has put forth the idea to put a playground for first grade in between the building and the sidewalk,” Topham said.

Hinesley added the site has been approved by the city fire marshal and is awaiting approval by the state fire marshal.

The board will hold its regular business session Monday at 6 p.m. in the central office boardroom.