"We are only adding two new positions this year -- a Spanish teacher at [Cartersville High School] that we approved last month and one additional elementary teacher [Cartersville Elementary School]," Clouse said during the work session.
The board did not make a motion to move forward with a recommendation from the United States Department of Agriculture to increase school lunch costs by 10 cents at the primary school and middle school.
"[The United States Department of Agriculture] wanted us to come up with an additional $15,000 and that's [the reason for the increase] to make up for that," Clouse said, "but because that change occurred so late, they allowed local boards to say, 'No, we don't want to do that.' Our school food nutrition program is on sound enough financial ground that we can absorb [the cost], but every year we'll have to evaluate the prices."
Finance committee chairman Kelley Dial reported Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax collected in May was at $406,731, up from April's total collection of $359,525.
"[The SPLOST collection] still puts way above what we budgeted for, and we're happy to have it," Dial said.
In other board of education news:
* The board made a recommendation to approve about $10,000 to be used to contract an athletic trainer for the high school. Clouse said the school system was unsuccessful finding a trainer locally, but did not increase pay to fill the position.
* The board made a recommendation to approve the low bid of $32,600 for sealing and striping at the school system's bus barn, on which a new training facility is to be built.
* The board made a recommendation to recognize Lee Daniel and Harry Daniel Insurance of Cartersville as the Agent and Agency of Record with Public Entities of America for the system's liability insurance package and workers' compensation coverage.
The board will officially vote on all agenda items Monday at 6 p.m. during their regular meeting in the central office boardroom.