Systems prep for school traffic; tax-free holiday begins
by Mark Andrews
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Staples shoppers enter the Cartersville store where Tax-Free Days began today. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Staples shoppers enter the Cartersville store where Tax-Free Days began today. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
City and county roads this week experienced an influx of back-to-school traffic with hundreds of school buses making their rounds for the first time since May. Jody Elrod, Bartow County School System director of transportation, said while the start of school is busy and the transportation department has experienced some obstacles, there haven’t been any major issues.

“All in all it was a good day [Wednesday] and then even better [Thursday],” Elrod said.

However, with two new schools, the Bartow County College and Career Academy and Adairsville Middle School, comes the challenge of acclimating to new bus schedules.

“The shuttles to the college and career academy went well, but we had some issues [Thursday] morning because some of the high schools they were distributing advisement items to their students so they were a little late leaving the high schools coming down to the career academy, but that’s a one time thing or one semester thing,” Elrod said.

The new AMS as well as Adairsville High School saw a large amount of traffic, Elrod said.

“At the very beginning of school we have a tremendous amount of car riders along with the student traffic at the high school and all the buses [at AMS and AHS] ... but once everybody gets in the routine of how traffic flows and stuff and everybody knows exactly where to go and how we’re doing it, it will get better and better.”

He added, “...The biggest obstacle we had [Wednesday] was the tremendous amount of rain in the north end of the county.”

For Cartersville City Public Schools, a Cartersville Police Department officer directing traffic at the system’s elementary school may be the biggest transportation improvement of the new year, said Superintendent Howard Hinesley.

“For [Wednesday and Thursday], the traffic was free flowing by about four minutes until 8 [a.m.],” Hinesley explained during the Cartersville City School System’s board of education work session on Thursday. “... [Overall] we’ve had a really good opening ..., for the first two days we didn’t have any significant transportation issues.”

For more on Thursday’s board meeting, read the Saturday edition of The Daily Tribune News.

In other news, parents looking to purchase items such as clothing, computers and school supplies for the upcoming year can take advantage of Georgia’s tax-free holiday, which lasts through Saturday.

“The 2013 sales tax holiday represents an excellent opportunity for parents to save money on basic necessities when getting their children ready for the upcoming shool year in Georgia,” Georgia Department of Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie previously told The Daily Tribune News.

According to, the following items are exempted from sales tax during the holiday:

“Clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item. The exemption excludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands.

“Single purchases, with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less, of personal computers and personal computer-related accessories. The exemption excludes cellular devices, furniture, and computer-related accessories designed for recreational use.

“General school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.”