The Cartersville City Schools Board of Education met in a regular session on Monday, September 13, 2021.


Character Word for the Month- RESPONSIBILITY:  Being accountable for what we say and do.  Having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, punctuality, dependability, and commitment.


Stellar Performers

The Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for September (Service) is Mr. Patrick Johnson, the custodian at Cartersville Elementary School.  Mr. Patrick has an amazing work ethic and is an icon at Cartersville Elementary School. He knows many of our students by name, talks with them in the halls, and is willing to do whatever is asked of him. His name is said over our school radio more than any other person in our building – and he always answers and has a smile on his face. He is, without a doubt, a positive role model for our students and is appreciated for all he does!  New Frontier of Bartow County, Inc. proudly sponsors the Hill-Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month Award and Patrick will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Appalachian Grill, along with his name being added to a perpetual plaque displayed at the Cartersville Board Office.

The Linda Benton Student of the Month program recognizes an outstanding student at each of the four Cartersville City schools who exemplify distinguished characteristics and an exemplary attitude. The award is named for the iconic school board member who modeled for our community the very definition of a servant leader, Mrs. Linda Benton. During the 23 years Mrs. Benton served on the CCS School Board, she garnered the respect and admiration of all who knew her by her kindness, compassion, devotion, and attentiveness to details. The Linda Benton Student of the Month award will be given monthly during the school year and winners will be recognized publicly by the CCS Board of Education.


Linda Benton Students of the Month

Katalin Ongay, a second-grade student in Mrs. Melanie Paige’s second-grade class is the CPS Linda Benton Student of the Month. Katalin is a wonderful student who is very bright, mature, self-motivated, confident, well-spoken, has a strong work ethic, and is a member of the Cartersville Primary School Little Legacies Leadership Team. Katalin was not only chosen because of her outstanding qualities, but she also exemplifies the character word of the month WISDOM. Katalin displays wisdom because she always knows what to do and follows through with it. She also demonstrates wisdom because she is bilingual, learning Spanish in her home at a very early age. Her father is from Spain, her mother is from Mexico, and her parents wanted her to appreciate her rich heritage. She spoke only Spanish until she started school and now she is fluently speaking both English and Spanish.


Alex Mata, a fifth-grade student in Ms. Henderson’s class, is an extremely kind and respectful student. He is a student that you will often see making the right decisions based on what is right and not who he is around. Alex is always engaged and ready to learn when he comes to school and treats his classmates exactly how he wants to be treated. He is also the kind of student that when he tells you he is going to do something, he is going to do it.


Aubree Barrett is the Linda Benton Student of the Month for Cartersville Middle School.  Aubree is a straight-A student in all honors classes. She is currently taking three high school credit courses and she is a leader on the CMS volleyball team.


Bruno Ghanem is the Cartersville High School Student of the Month. Bruno is a good representation of the word “Respect.” Every day he commits to excellence, follows instructions, exhibits a positive attitude, and treats others with empathy and consideration.


Title I Distinguished School

Cartersville Primary School was recently named a 2021 Title I Distinguished School ranking it as one of the HIGHEST PERFORMING Title I schools in Georgia for the third year in a row. To earn the designation from Georgia Department of Education, Distinguished Schools must perform among the top 5 percent of Title I schools based on the current statewide assessment.


During the Business Session, the Board approved the Financial and Utility Reports along with the following:

-Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc. d/b/a Spectra Contract Flooring, Norcross Georgia, for the installation of floor covering in the Cartersville High School office area at a cost of $17,090.00.  This purchase is coming from the State Contract and will be paid from SPLOST.


Under Consent, several surplus items were approved along with the following:

-The Local Board Training Plan was submitted for the 2021-2022 school year.


Rental Requests:

-CMS Cross Country Team to use the CMS school grounds/parking lot on September 24-25, 2021 for the Wingfoot Classic Event.


Overnight/Out-of-State Trip Requests:

-CES 5th grade Challenge classes to attend the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia on October 20-22, 2021.

-CHS International Thespian Society (10-12th graders) to attend the Thespian Conference at Columbus State University on February 3-5, 2022.


Committee recommendations approved:

Building and Grounds:

-Bartow Family Resources to use the CPS parking lot on October 17, 2021 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. for the Night of Life Outdoor Concert and Event.

-Etowah Scholarship Foundation to use the CHS Auditorium for a Community Christmas Concert on December 17-18, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Charges have been waived.


Policy Committee:

The Board approved changes in Policy BC-E:  Board of Education Affidavit


Personnel recommendations approved:


-Ken Paige, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Safety, retirement, with regret, effective October 1, 2021.


 Certified Employees:

-Luke Knight, CHS Teacher, effective September 1, 2021

-Brad Burel, CMS Teacher, 49%, effective September 14, 2021

-Emily Burrows, CMS Teacher, 49%, effective September 14, 2021



-Dr. Tharis Word, Administrator on Assignment – Facilities, Maintenance and Safety, effective September 14, 2021.


The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cartersville School Board will be Monday, October 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm. 

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