"We want as much flexibility with regard to our staff and those make-up days as we can provide them," superintendent John Harper said.
Bartow County schools were closed on April 28 and April 29 due to power outages.
Harper said the school board had expressed they wanted to continue supporting faculty and staff from a financial standpoint, which led to the recommendation of having employees work the missed days.
According to the state board of education website, the state board approved last week superintendent John Barge's recommendation to grant requests from Dade, Floyd, Meriwether, Spalding and Walker County schools to waive the 180 school-day equivalent so that they will not be required to make up these lost days. Individual school systems also have the opportunity to request to waive the 180 school-day equivalent.
In the school board's regular work session, Harper recommended the approval of the school system's strategic plan, which can be viewed here: www.bartow.k12.ga.us.
"I feel like we've got a good strategic plan as a guide for us to follow," Harper said. "[The strategic plan] stems from my desk and we use that to make decisions about what we're doing inside of our school system."
Harper also recommended the board approve the $61,476 bid by National Bus Sales and Leasing of Marietta to upgrade camera equipment on about half of the county's school buses.
"This will put two cameras on a bus," Harper said. "It will put a hard drive on a bus so when there's an issue, we can pull the hard drive and swap it, and then the administration could download that information and have it available."
Harper said the buses that will see the upgrade currently operate on VHS tapes, which he noted deteriorate over time.
The board will meet next Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m., in the central office board room for their regular business session.