The Cartersville City School Board addressed other business besides Superintendent Dr. Howard Hinesley’s retirement at its meeting Monday night.
Board members voted 7-0 to approve a bump in pay for school system bus drivers who take students to field trips, athletic events and other off-campus activities.
The per-hour rate for bus drivers assigned to drive charters was increased from $8 an hour, with a maximum of $75 a day, to $12 an hour, with a maximum of $120 a day, effective Oct. 1.
“This is the first time that this has been increased we know in at least six years and possibly up to 10 years,” Finance Committee Chairman Tim Chason said.
The board also unanimously approved extending the school system’s current banking contract with SunTrust Bank, which will end next June, for five years — a three-year contract with an optional two-year extension.
“SunTrust has been a good partner with us and with our financial system and our financial team as well,” Chason said.
A donation of a Yuneec Q500 Typhoon drone from Charles Lowry was unanimously approved by the board. The drone, valued at $1,300, will be used by students in the high school’s aeronautics program.
Board members unanimously approved bids for two middle school trips: low bidder YMCA Georgia Center for Civic Engagement in Cartersville for the 2018 Tour of Washington for $40,500 and sole bidder Leisure Time Activities in Emerson for the Tour of Georgia for $729 per student at a quad occupancy rate.
The board also unanimously approved overnight/out-of-state trips for the high school’s Future Business Leaders of America to attend the FBLA Fall Leadership Conference in Athens Nov. 15-16; for the junior and senior Embry-Riddle students at the high school to visit Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, for a college tour Jan. 20-22, 2018; and for the high school’s International Thespian Society to attend the Georgia Thespian Conference in Columbus Feb. 8-10, 2018.
Also unanimously approved was a rental request from Cartersville First Baptist Church to use the primary school grounds and parking lot for a Backpack Buddies fundraiser Oct. 27 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Board members recognized Jackie Smith from the finance department as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for October.
The 19-year employee received a $50 gift card to LongHorn Steakhouse from New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. and had her name added to the perpetual plaque displayed at the central office.