October 8, 2020

From the Cartersville School System

The Cartersville City Board of Education met for a combined work session and board meeting on October 8, 2020.

 The Character Word for the month is Citizenship: Being law-abiding, loyal, and involved in service to school, community, and country.


Stellar Performers

The Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for October (Support Personnel) is Ms. Kristy Hovers, Cartersville City Schools director of technology is our October Hill-Dean HEARTS Award winner in the Support Personnel category. She is an invaluable employee and is recognized for her consistent dedication to making technology improvements for our school district. Kristy’s knowledge of technology is exemplary and she strives to stay informed of new technologies and practices while keeping students at the forefront of her decision making. She worked tirelessly during the school shutdown to keep the school district’s technology systems up and running in addition to preparing and dispersing hundreds of new devices, assisting in the creation of Cartersville Virtual Academy and conducting the routine maintenance and upgrades to the district’s technology infrastructure. Kristy is extremely deserving of the HEARTS Award!  New Frontier of Bartow County, Inc. proudly sponsors the Hill-Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month Award and Kristy will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Appalachian Grill, along with her name being added to a perpetual plaque displayed at the Cartersville Board Office.


Young Georgia Authors Award
We are proud to announce that Sofia, a seventh-grader at Cartersville Middle School, is our district’s first-ever state-level winner of the Young Georgia Authors writing competition. Her entry, “Journey into Crystalline,” earned best sixth-grade story at CMS last school year, then it won top honors at the Northwest Georgia RESA competition, and finally became the winning entry among all sixth-grade submissions in Georgia.


Youth Apprentice Winner

Carlos Reyes is a 2020 graduate who went through Mr. Steve Corrigan’s Transportation and Logistics pathway.  Carlos participated in our Work-Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship program with Ms. Shannon Boyer for two years and has completed his Youth Apprenticeship hours working in the automotive industry as well as passing the Automotive Service Excellence (or ASE) certification.  Carlos was honored at the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education conference.  He was chosen as the Northwest Region pick for ‘Youth Apprenticeship Completer of the Year’, nominated by Ms. Boyer, trained under Mr. Corrigan.


Paula Womack reported on the Canes and Cops Care program.  The goal of the program is to offer support to students who have witnessed or been a part of a traumatic event.


Principals gave updates and reports on each of their schools.


During the Business Session, the System Financial and Utility Cost and Usage Reports for the month of August 2020 were presented and approved.


The Board approved Womack, Lewis & Smith, Inc. as contractor for Phase I of the Cartersville High School additions and renovation in the amount of $4,439,000.00 to be paid from SPLOST.


The Board approved submission of the FY22 Capital Outlay Project application to the DOE for entitlement funds for the construction of a new facility at the Carter Grove Site.


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


Rental Request:

Tranquility House to use the CMS school grounds/parking lot for the Jingle Jog 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, December 5, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


The Board approved the Local Board Training Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.


The Board approved the following recommendations from the Policy Committee:

  1. To approve clarification changes in the following policies:
    EB – Buildings and Grounds Management
    EBBC – Emergency Drills

ED – Student Transportation Management
GAK – Personnel Records
IHA – Grading System


  1. To set on the table for public review and comment rescinding the following policies:
    – IDA – Basic Curriculum and Instructional Program
    – IDAA – Career and Technical Education


  1. To set on the table for public review and comment the following new policy:
    – DFK – Gifts and Bequests


*Finance, Curriculum, Building/Grounds and Technology Committees all met this month with no recommendations.


The Board approved the following personnel recommendations:



– Rhonda Tant, School Nutrition, effective September 29, 2020
– Jessica Harrell, CES School Nurse, effective October 6, 2020
– Angelica Bridges, School Nutrition Specialist, effective October 21, 2020


Classified Employees:

– Marsha R. Garrett, School Nurse, CES, effective date October 14, 2020


The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cartersville School Board is Monday, November 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education Office, 15 Nelson Street.