In a press release Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said, “The current year rate is 18.23. The recommended millage rate ensures the school system equitable funding for its annual budget based upon anticipated local tax revenues. When local tax revenue is anticipated to increase then the school system has the option of keeping the millage the same and thus collecting more taxes or rolling it back to a level designed to collect monies that will generate the same dollars as the previous year. The city school system is electing to rollback local school millage rates for city residents. This represents only the second rollback in the last 10 years; the previous one in 2007. The school system will continue to offer a full 180-day school year for all students and 190-day work calendar for teachers.”
“The board could’ve chosen to leave the millage like it was and gotten more money but they elected not to do that. The economy seems to have an uptick right now and that is good. Being able to rollback the tax rate for residents is a good thing when we can do it,” Clouse said.
Also approved by the board is the purchase of SMART Tables, which are similar to SMART Boards but designed in the form of a table. The touchscreen, interactive tables are specifically made for young children and will be used by Cartersville Pre-K students. The acquisition, which will cost $36,958.20, will be purchased with money from the Striving Readers Grant.
Cartersville Elementary School was approved to purchase a new printer. The new machine will replace several older copiers. Local school funds will be used to buy the $11,755 printer.
The board also approved two policies, one new and one revised. Policy FDC - Naming Facilities is a new policy and provides guidance for the naming of school facilities or parts of facilities. Policy GAE - Employee Complaints & Grievances is being changed to better clarify the timeframe for conducting investigations and hearings involving certified-employee complaints.
The list of personnel recommendations was approved as presented, including 11 certified teachers.
Clouse said, “This is the highest number of teachers we have hired in at least 12 years. We are very pleased with our new hires this year.”
Superintendent Howard Hinesley expects to announce the amount of pay increases for city school system employees at the August board meeting scheduled for Aug. 11.