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Press Release:

Meeting called to order – Kelley Dial, President

Presentation of the Colors – CHS JROTC students

Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome to Visitors

Character Word for the Month:  FAIRNESS:  Practicing justice, tolerance, equity, and equality.  Recognizing the uniqueness and value of each individual within our diverse society.

The Matthew Hill-Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for March (Transportation) is Mr. Bo Shafer, a bus driver.  Mr. Shafer is a retainer bus driver, meaning that he has to be ready to jump in and cover any route. He knows all the bus routes and is always ready to help when needed. Mr. Shafer has served as a substitute driver for the special needs buses quite a bit over the last several years. He is so amazing with our special needs students! He is always willing to give a high five or a hug. His heart is in it!

New Frontier of Bartow County, Inc. proudly sponsors the Hill-Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month Award and Bo will receive a $50 gift card to Appalachian Grill, along with his name added to the perpetual plaque displayed at the Cartersville School Board Office. 

National School Social Worker Week:  The first week in March is designated as National School Social Worker Week.  Maria Davis and Paula Womack are doing an incredible job in this role to provide direct and indirect services to students, families and school personnel.  They develop the system’s ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community teamwork is the key to accomplishing student success.  We are very fortunate to have them in our school system.

In honor of School Board Appreciation Week, March 16-20, 2020, the school board members were presented with gifts from each of our schools.

The CHS Boys Quartet, consisting of Kevin Barnhart, Paul Hassler, Carson Teems and Nate Everett, performed three of their songs from the Literary Meet in which they won first place.  They will be competing in the state competition on March 14.

Several guests were in attendance and three made public comments regarding the Senior Tax Exemption.


The System Financial and Utility Cost and Usage Reports for January 2020 were presented and approved.

The Board approved a contract renewal from eSpark Learning, Chicago, IL, for Cartersville Primary School (grades PreK–2nd grade) to continue with the eSpark differentiation program for one year at a cost of $30,324.

CES Campus Wiring Bid

The Board approved AiOS Group, Canton, Georgia, low bid as specified, at the cost of $98,000.00 for the Cartersville Elementary School campus wiring.

Firewall Bid

The Board approved Cirrus Networks, Inc., Winder, Georgia, low bid as specified, at the cost of $103,900.00 for the Cartersville School System firewall.


School Nutrition Bid/Extension:  The Board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to accept the pricing extension of the following vendors for the 2020 calendar year:

Form Plastics – for plastic food trays

Contract Approval:  The Board approved a contract with the Flippen Group to provide training for teachers at a Capturing Kids Hearts conference held at Cartersville Middle School on May 27-28, 2020 for a total cost of $23,000.

GSBA:  The Board approved Kelley Dial to represent the Cartersville School Board at the 2020 Georgia School Boards Association Delegate Assembly, June 5-6, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia. 

Rental Request:

The Board approved Advocates for Children to use the CPS Gym on May 9, 2020 from 6:00-10:00 a.m. for the 5K Road Race.

Overnight/Out-of-State Trip Requests: 

The Board approved CHS JROTC Cadets to attend the JROTC Cadet Leader Challenge at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia on June 1-5, 2020.

The Board approved CES 5th Grade Challenge students trip to Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia on October 7-9, 2020.

Disciplinary Tribunals:  The following disciplinary tribunal was approved:

February 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Surplus:  The following was approved:

#1205 -CO, dated 3/2/2020
#1206 -CPS, dated 3/2/2020
#1207 -CES, dated 3/2/2020
#1208 -CMS, dated 3/2/2020
#1209 -CHS, dated 3/2/2020

#1210 -CO, dated 3/3/2020

The following personnel recommendations were approved:


-Cindy Benefield, CES Teacher, retirement, with regret, effective end of 2019-2020 school year.

Certified Employment:

-Laura McPherson, CPS Teacher, effective 2020-2021 school year.

-Jessica N. Meira, School Psychologist, effective 2020-2021 school year.