The Cartersville City Schools Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, November 14, 2022. Cartersville High School was the host for the meeting.
“Better Together” Capturing Kids Hearts Word of the Month for November
Teamwork – Work together to reach a goal
The Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for November (Teacher) is Ms. Heather Candela, a teacher at Cartersville High School. Ms. Candela exudes kindness and positivity in her classroom, going out of her way to create engaging, fun, and dynamic lessons. She holds high expectations for her students and is selfless in the lengths she will go to make sure they have all the support necessary to reach their highest potential. Ms. Candela is extremely encouraging to her co-workers, and her care and consideration for others shine in the connections she makes. New Frontier of Bartow County, Inc. proudly sponsors the Hill-Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month Award and Heather will receive a $50 gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse along with her name being added to a perpetual plaque displayed at the Cartersville School Board Office.
Linda Benton Students of the Month
The CPS Student of the Month is Ryan A. Montgomery, a first-grade student in Ms. Ball’s classroom. Ryan represents teamwork inside his classroom. He advocates unity with his peers and is always willing to help. As described by our school principal, Ryan is the “glue” to keeping our classroom intact. He reminds the adults and students in room #603 of our Canes and Social Contract expectations. Ryan does a phenomenal job promoting growth mindset strategies to his peers when they are upset or in distress. He is truly one of a kind! (There’s not an “I” in “team,” but there’s a Ryan).
The CES Student of the Month is Eli Edwards, a 5th grade student in Mrs. Burns homeroom. Eli was also Mrs. Burns student of the month for September. Mrs. Burns said of Eli, “I’ve seen him go out of his way to help other students and adults in our building. In the café or hallways, he will not walk past a piece of trash. He stops and picks it up, even when he doesn’t see anyone watching him. He offers a willing hand to his peers when they are struggling, and he will be the first to give encouraging advice to them as well. He is cognizant of his effort and consistently exhibits those acts of diligence that help him accomplish his goals.” Thank you Eli for modeling what it means to be a Cane at CES!
The CMS Student of the Month is Izzy Tummins, a 6th grade student at Cartersville Middle School. She is enrolled in all honors and accelerated classes and maintains straight A averages. Izzy is the starting pitcher on the CMS softball team and a member of the CMS basketball team. Izzy personifies our CKH word of the month of teamwork. She is not only a great teammate on the athletic field and court but also in the classroom. She is always willing to support her classmates and works to make her school and classroom a better place. 2
The CHS Student of the Month is Olivia Tyra. Olivia epitomizes what it means to be a team player. She is an honest and respectful young lady who sets a positive example for others. She is a student who is respected by her fellow students and by her teachers. She exhibits a positive attitude, even during difficult times, and she is kind to everyone she meets.
A Proclamation was signed by the Board to proclaim November as “National Runaway and Homeless Youth Prevention Month” – Advocates for Children staff members were in attendance.
The Cartersville Symphonic Band performed a collection of songs from their Fall Concert and
Veterans’ Day concert. This group of students represents our finest wind and percussion students in the Cartersville City School System. The ensemble is comprised of students in grades 9-12. The Symphonic Band, as well as other chamber ensembles, regularly appears at special performances around the community representing Cartersville High School with pride and class.
Mrs. Kensey Tate’s students in her Leadworthy class explained how the class helps them to become more confident and develop leadership and social skills. Those presenting were: Raylynn Bowen, Taylor Duncan and Julianna Latham.
During the Business Session, the following items were presented and approved:
The System Financial, Cost and Utility Reports for September 2022.
The purchase and installation of playground furniture from Hasley Recreations, Inc., Flowery Branch,
Georgia for the new Cartersville Primary School at cost of $17,055.56. This is coming from the
Sourcewell Contract and will be paid from SPLOST.
The purchase of Media Center furniture from Ernie Morris Enterprises, Inc., Bushnell, Florida for the
new Cartersville Primary School at a cost of $24,542.72. This comes from The Interlocal
Purchasing System Contract (TIPS) and will be paid from SPLOST.
The purchase of furniture from Ernie Morris Enterprises, Inc. Bushnell, Florida, for the new
Cartersville Primary School at a cost of $1,647,042.86. This comes from The Interlocal Purchasing
System Contract (TIPS) and will be paid from SPLOST.
Under Consent, the following items were presented and approved.
Trip Request – CHS Y-Club to attend the Georgia United Nations Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on February 26-28, 2023.
Rental Request – Etowah Scholarship Foundation to use the CHS Auditorium for the Community Christmas Concert on December 16-17, 2022.
Policy Committee recommendations:
The following policy revisions for Section I, K, L and M were adopted:
Section I: Instructional Program
Abolish: IAA, ICD, IDF
Keep: IDBA, IDE, IFAA, IFBG, IHF, II, IKBB, IKBC 3
Revise: IBB, IDDD, IDFA, IEDA, IFA, IFBC, IFCB, IHA, IHE, IKD
Turned to Operating Procedures: IA, IB, IC, IDCH, IDDM, IED, IFDB, IHAD, IHB, IHC, IHEA, IKI
Section K: General Public Relations
Abolish: KEBA, KHE, KNBA, KND
Revise: KB, KG, KJ, KM
Section L: Interorganizational Relations
LDAJA will become an Operational Procedure
Section M: Relations with Other Education Agencies
Abolish: MFB, MK
The following policy revisions in Sections D and G were approved to sit on the table 30 days for public view and comment:
Section D: Fiscal Management
Abolish: DB, DCC, DFD, DFE, DH, DJEI
Keep: DA, DCL, DFK, DIA, DO
Revise: DC, DJCB, DJE, DK
Turned to Operating Procedures: DG, DJEI, DL, DN
Section G: Human Resource Management (Personnel)
Abolish: GAE, GAEC, GBA, GBD, GBI, GBM, GBO, GBRA, GBU, GCA, GCAB, GCB, GCC, GCD, GCKA, GCM, GDB, GBRB, GAF, GAI
Keep: GCRA, GAN, GBIA, GBN, GAMA
Revise: GAAA, GAD, GAE, GAEB, GAK, GAK(1), GANA, GBC, GBKA, GCRD, GCRG, GBRGA, GBRH, GDRHG
Turned to Operating Procedure: GBRD, GCBA, GBRG, GBRGB, GBRJ, GCI, GCRA
Finance Committee recommendations:
The CES construction budget was approved for the Guaranteed Maximum price of $7,168,864. The overall budget for the project will not exceed $7,658,805.
The following personnel recommendations were approved:
-Bruce Groshong, Bus Driver, effective October 17, 2022
-Laurie Groshong, Bus Driver, revised date, effective October 17, 2022
-Emma James, CES Teacher, effective November 18, 2022
-Lori Bolen, Transportation Supervisor, effective December 16, 2022
-Ashleigh Renee Bagley, Bus Driver, effective November 15, 2022
-Jessica Childers, Administrative Assistant to Superintendent, effective November 16, 2022
-Cathy Watkins, interim Transportation Supervisor effective January 2, 2023 for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year 4
The Board approved the extension of the Superintendent’s contract by three (3) years through June 2025.
Board member Kathi White made a motion to amend the agenda to turn in her resignation as Ward 2 representative. She will be moving out of state at the end of the month. Ms. White recommended Ms. Emma Paige to finish out her term. The Board voted unanimously to accept Emma Paige as the new Board representative for Ward 2.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cartersville Board of Education will be Monday, December 12, 2022 at Cartersville Elementary School.