County school board approves fraud, heat policies
by Mark Andrews
Aug 21, 2012 | 1808 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved its consent agenda, which expanded and clarified the system’s heat policy to pertain to school band members as well as athletic organizations. The board also approved a fraud, waste and abuse policy.

“The president’s office has passed some legislation that said we have to have [a fraud, waste and abuse] policy to be in place,” Superintendent John Harper said during the board’s regular business session.

The Daily Tribune News will elaborate on the policy in an upcoming edition.

In other school news, South Central Middle School band director Sheila Smith announced the band program has been invited to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

The news comes after the band placed first at Festival Disney in Orlando and their performance was sent to a committee for a blind audition.

“It’s quite an honor and I know that one of my biggest obstacles is going to be financially making it possible for every student, but I have a strong booster club organization to try to make it for each and all,” Smith said.

She said the approximate cost of each of the two buses for transport is about $9,000.

Public participation during the business session included comments from community members Fred Warner and Alison Guyton. Both addressed the board last week with their concerns regarding the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools inquiry into the board.

Both said during their respective times to address the board they wanted further investigation into the allegations made to SACS regarding board practices ranging from the operation of a board retreat held in February in Rome to the use of school facilities by Excel Christian Academy and Rome Volleyball Club.

“I’m not going to let this go,” Warner said. “I’m going to pursue every legal, possible avenue I can to make sure there is an investigation into these matters because I feel ethics are here.”

Harper responded to the public participation by saying, “The questions that have been made by one of the individuals, they have been answered many, many times and I’ll draft a letter to both individuals and try to answer their questions as honestly as I know I can. I was hoping the SACS report and information would put that behind us, but that hasn’t happened.”