The announcement of the amount employees will receive will be during August’s school board meeting. The board is awaiting the end of the fiscal year to make its decision on how much will be offered to employees. The source of the raises is the one-time sum given from the state to school systems for the purpose of eliminating furlough days and to increase salaries.
The board also honored seven retirees who have 174 years of combined service. Hinesley said, “For us this time of year is when we recognize and pay tribute to the people who have given so much to this school system and served many children over the many years.”
Several recommendations for improvement were discussed. One item approved was the lowest bid of $27,597.12 for commercial-playground equipment at Cartersville Elementary School. The playground equipment is being purchased by the school.
The track at Cartersville High School is currently being remodeled. The board ratified the approval of that work to include $11,150 worth of concrete work prior to the installation of the new track.
New touchscreen terminals were approved to be purchased for the lunchrooms. The final recommendation approved was for a larger walk-in freezer for CES at the cost of $64,092.99. Both the terminals and the freezer were purchased from the school nutrition fund.
The finance committee recommended — and the board approved — the use of Montgomery Insurance Company and Arthur J. Gallagher using AmTrust for workers’ compensation coverage. The new bid will produce a savings of $24,000.
The final budget for 2015 at $34,643,100 was also endorsed.
The board approved changes in board policy concerning student discipline. Two new infractions were added to the code of conduct required of students. Aiding, abetting, accessory states students shall not aid, contribute, encourage, be an accessory, or otherwise support other students in the violation of the Code of Conduct. This provision may include, but is not limited to, the use of social media and other avenues, to promote, incite, or provoke others to violate school rules. The second addition regards academic honesty. Students shall conduct themselves with honesty and integrity regarding all academic work. Cheating, forgery, plagiarism, and/or doing work for other students is unacceptable at any level on any assignment or task.