The Cartersville City School Board awarded bids for demolition work at the high school and a wireless upgrade at three schools at Monday night's regular business meeting.
Board members voted 7-0 to award the bid for tearing down the auxiliary gym at the high school to low bidder Cornerstone Demolition in Cartersville for $18,000, pending the receipt of an acceptable bid on March 23 for building the new field house.
The board unanimously awarded the bid for a wireless upgrade for the primary, elementary and middle schools to Smartwave Technology in Alpharetta for $75,428, the recommended lowest and best bid.
Board members also unanimously approved waiving board policy to accept a trade-in offer on the 6-year-old Rationale Combi gas oven at the middle school.
The trade-in allowed the district to buy a new oven at half price, $15,510, compared to the GEC large equipment bid price of $18,364, saving the system $2,854.
"It was an oven that had more or less been a lemon that we worked out a trade on," board President Kelley Dial said. "We need to waive board policy to allow the purchase in the amount of $15,510."
The board approved rental requests from the Bartow Family Resource Center in Cartersville for the middle school grounds and parking lot for the 5K Glow Run Saturday, March 24, from 4 to 11 p.m.; Advocates for Children in Cartersville for the primary school grounds and parking lot for a 5K road race fundraiser Saturday, May 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.; and St. Francis of Assisi in Cartersville for the middle school grounds and parking lot for a Christian concert Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also approved was an out-of-state fundraiser reward trip for 61 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to attend Super Fly in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Monday, March 19.
The board recognized mechanic Michael Pruitt as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for March.
The transportation department employee received a $50 gift card to Appalachian Grill from New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. and had his name added to the perpetual plaque displayed at the school board office.
In honor of School Board Appreciation Week, each board member received gifts from the district's schools and departments: a white tray decorated with students' fingerprints and names from Kids and Company Pre-K, a flower pot filled with gift card "flowers" from the primary school, a cup and a storage bin for his or her trunk from the elementary school, a Canes vest from the middle school, an ink pen made out of wood that came from chairs removed from the high school auditorium, homemade cinnamon rolls from the nutrition department and a framed photo of himself or herself inscribed with an appreciation message from central administration.
"I think on behalf of everyone, I can thank all of you for our wonderful presents," Dial said. "We're going to get spoiled. Thank you all so much."