Cartersville schools see increased security
by Mark Andrews
Aug 10, 2013 | 1952 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville Superintendent Howard Hinesley on Thursday reported that along with having a Cartersville Police Department officer directing traffic at Cartersville Elementary School, the system also is funding to have an officer monitor the facility as well as Cartersville Primary School. The schools are located less than a half mile apart from one another.

“There will be a different officer there every day because there hasn’t been an officer hired for that [position], so [the department] is assigning people to be there,” Hinesley said during the Cartersville City Board of Education meeting.

In other school news, Hinesley said the system is on target to pay off its bond debt by November 2015. The system averages for $350,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue each month and when the revenue exceeds that number, the surplus is placed in a savings account, Hinesley said.

For the last few months, SPLOST revenue has fallen below average.

“If we were consistently average below that [$350,000] ... then we would be challenged to get to where we need [to be],” Hinesley said.

The board on Monday is expected to approve two air conditioning projects that Hinesley said will be funded with $2 million in state funds the system has in the bank.

“We were able to get a substantial amount to apply to air conditioning, we will more than make up for anything lost over the next 28 months and we will be able to pay that bond off ... even if we go under [$350,000] a month,” Hinesley said.

The board will hold its business session Monday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m., in the central office boardroom.