The Cartersville City Schools Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, March 14, 2022. Cartersville Elementary School was the host for the meeting. The Board was presented many gifts to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week.
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-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for March (Transportation) is Lori Bolen. Lori has jumped into the new role of coordinator and has done a magnificent job in a short amount of time. One nominator said, “We greatly appreciate her ability to manage the day-to-day transportation duties, create a family atmosphere, and advocate for her drivers!” New Frontier of Bartow County, Inc. proudly sponsors the Hill-Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month Award and Lori will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse, along with her name being added to a perpetual plaque displayed at the Cartersville Board Office.
Linda Benton Students of the Month
The CPS Student of the Month is Brayden Bentley, a second-grade student in Mrs. Ali Evans’ class. Brayden is an all-around, exceptional child with a wonderful personality. In the classroom, he expresses kindness and respectfulness to his peers while also encouraging those around him. Brayden is a member of the Primary School Little Legacies Leadership Team. Some of his leadership attributes involve leading by example, being a peacekeeper in the classroom, and standing up for what is right. His compassion for others is always at the forefront of his action as he is always eager to help in any way possible. Brayden is an amazing student who displays all of the expectations that we have at CPS and is well deserving of this honor.
The CES Student of the Month is Katy Bargsley, a fifth-grade student in Ms. Jeanne Lowry’s class. There are so many ways Katy has shown perseverance this school year. Katy moved into the Cartersville School System from Tennessee, so this town, school, and her classmates were all new to her. She transitioned very smoothly. I think a lot of that is because she always has a positive attitude and never displays discouragement. Furthermore, Katy had not been in a traditional school setting for a few years, so getting into the role of being a “traditional student” can be challenging for anyone in the same situation. However, Katy seemed to really rise to challenges in which she faced and continues to do so. In addition, Katy is a great role model for her peers. Her willingness to work hard no matter how difficult the tasks, along with her positiveness and kind nature have shown others to never give up and keep trying no matter what. It’s obvious that Katy’s classmates respect and like her a lot. What also impresses me about Katy is that she never complains of fails to finish assignments (even when they are difficult for her and surely frustrating at times). She knows when to ask for assistance, which is a great quality to possess for any student in their school career. I have enjoyed teaching Katy and am blessed to have her in my class!
The CMS Student of the Month is Ella Gordon, a sixth-grade student. Ella excels in all of her Honors and accelerated coursework, and as a member of the CMS Chorus, she brings more than just a beautiful singing voice. Her classmates can’t help but follow her lead. Her charisma and dedication to striving for precision is infectious! Outside of school, Ella is a part of a Fusion Dance team and competes regularly. We are proud to have Ella Gordon as part of our CANES Family!
The CHS Student of the Month is Heather Garrette,an eleventh-grade student. Our March word of the month is integrity. Despite her circumstances,Heather has remained focused on maintaining her grades and honoring the Canes Code. She is a great person who is willing to help and lead others.
The first week in March is designated as National School Social Worker Week. Our social workers 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. Our school social workers are: Kristen Braid, Tiffany Mize, Midorie Mujahid and Paula Womack.
Shadre Hurst – GHSA 5A HWT Wrestling Champion. Coach Rosario said of Shadre, “I had the pleasure of coaching Shadre this year. Shadre is the prime example of what a student-athlete portrays. He had an undefeated season, with a 24-0 record all while holding a high GPA as a two-sport student-athlete. Shadre is the first State Champion for Cartersville Wrestling in 11 years. No matter the situation, he always has a positive attitude and holds his team accountable. He will be continuing his academic and athletic career at Tulane University to study Pre-Med and play football. We’re all so proud of him and wish him the best of luck in the future endeavors.”
The CES Sports Stacking students presented the program. The team consists of Ella Daniell, Madelyn Eubanks, Lyla Barksdale and Kate Crawford. The team won first for their age group in relay. Kate and Lyla won first for partners and Kate won first for individual overall for her age group.
Business items approved:
A proposal from Spectra Contract Flooring in the amount of $28,907.00 for flooring and carpet installation at CMS. This is from the State Contract and will be paid from SPLOST.
To waive Board Policy DJED and approve the purchase and installation of louvered doors to back of serving lines and purchase two additional worktables in the amount of $16,901.00 from Womack, Lewis and Smith, Inc., for the CHS cafeteria. This will be paid from SPLOST.
To award Tristar America, LLC., Norcross, GA for the demolition and removal of CCSS building at 241 Nelson St. in the amount of $77,000.00, low bid as specified.
To award Daktronics, Inc. for the purchase and installation of the CHS Phase II Gymnasium Scoreboard in the amount of $12,918.00 to be paid from SPLOST.
To award Trammell Lawn Care, LLC, Cedartown, GA for lawn care services in the amount of $202,800.00, low bid as specified.
To donate HART-K9 to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office for the purpose of HART-K9 to become a member of the BCSO and be used at their discretion while still providing support to our schools at various times throughout the year.
Consent items approved:
A ratification to waive Board Policy DJED and approve the purchase of CHS Rifle Team Equipment from Adairsville High School in the amount of $7000.00.
A ratification of approval for the proposal from Spectra Contract Flooring in the amount of $24,068.50 for flooring installation at the Central Office. This is also coming from the State Contract and will be paid from SPLOST.
A ratification of approval for Meadows Heating and Air, Cartersville, GA to replace the HVAC unit in the CES cafeteria, which cannot be repaired. Policy DJED allows for emergency purchases and waiving the bid process. The purchase amount for the equipment, materials and labor is $27,198.00
A rental request ratification of approval for the 7 on 7 Football Team comprised of CHS 9th and 10th graders to use the CHS football field on March 17, 24 and April 21, 2022 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The facility use fee will be waived.
The Board approved the following from Finance:
-To accept the 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report as prepared by Mauldin & Jenkins, CPA
-Recommend to keep the tuition rate for FY23 as $300 per child if paid by 6/30. After 6/30 for current students, the rate is $350.
The Board approved the following from Policy:
-To set on the table for 30 days public review and comment substantive changes/revisions in the following policies:
GBRH – Leave/Certified Personnel (Rescind)
IDBA – Sex Education & Family Life (Revised – Clarification Change)
-Jennifer Williams, CPS Teacher effective end of 2021-22 school year
-Lindsey Whittenburg, CPS Teacher effective end of 2021-22 school year
-Adam Holley, CMS Teacher, effective end of 2021-22 school year
-Jeremiah Robinson, CES Teacher, effective end of 2021-22 school year
-Elizabeth Rushing, CMS Teacher, effective end of 2021-22 school year
-Abbey Hibbard, CES Teacher, effective end of 2021-22 school year
-Kaysie Hendrix, Pre-K Teacher, effective end of 2021-22 school year
-Sara Hersch, CES Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Natalie McPherson, CES Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Kristen Seabolt, CMS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Cheyanne Bagwell, CMS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Angela Crawford, CMS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Brent Rickman, CMS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Vanessa Salazar, CPS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Sara Blackwell, CPS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Lauren Dooley, CPS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Alyssa Cochran, CPS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Kayla Burnett, CPS Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
-Wilhelmina Watkins, Pre-K Teacher, effective 2022-23 school year
The re-appointment of all certified personnel submitted for contract renewals for the 2022-2023 school year was approved.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting is set for April 18, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at Cartersville Middle School.