BCBOE approves renaming school, buying laptops, turf

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One Bartow County school is getting a new name; all three high schools are getting new student laptops and synthetic turf; and the school board’s District 1 will get some new voters.

At Monday night’s business meeting, school board members voted 5-0 to rename and rebrand South Central Middle School by the upcoming school year.

The name change will begin in April and be completed by August, Superintendent Dr. Phillip Page said.

According to a statement from the school district, “the community approached Dr. Page in August to begin discussions about renaming the middle school. Based on feedback gathered, a committee is being developed to identify a new name for the school that better represents the community it serves.” 

School district spokeswoman Alisha Evans said Wednesday no decisions have been made yet about the rebranding.

“As far as SCMS, the new name has not been determined,” she said. “A committee will be formed in April to decide name, colors and mascot.” 

Board members unanimously approved purchasing 4,300 Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1 student laptops and 350 Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 teacher laptops to complete the 1:1 laptop refresh for the three high schools at a cost of $2,691,500, which will be paid out of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax fund.  

“In 2012, Bartow County School System began a 1:1 laptop to student fourth- through 12th-grade initiative,” Page said. “In alignment with the BCSS technology plan, in 2017, we began the refresh of the 1:1 devices and added third grade. High school devices are scheduled to be refreshed for the beginning of next school year. This will get us in line for that refresh.” 

To protect those laptops, as well as laptops in one grade level for each elementary and middle school, the board voted 5-0 to buy 5,250 11-inch Belkin notebook sleeves and 1,211 14-inch Belkin notebook sleeves at a cost of $56,125.09, also to be taken from the SPLOST fund.

“We’re looking to purchase new laptop bags to make sure those nice laptops don’t get hurt,” Page said. 

Board members unanimously approved awarding the bid for installing synthetic turf on all three high schools’ football fields and replacing the tracks at Adairsville and Cass high schools to low bidder Advanced Sports.

The total cost of $3,105,019.16, which includes an additional 5 percent — or $197,860 — in contingency funds for the project, will be paid out of SPLOST funds. 

The track surface has a 10-year warranty while the football turf’s warranty is for eight years.  

Board members also unanimously approved a resolution to redraw district lines to move an “extremely small island of homes” mistakenly left in District 3 in the Zena Drive precinct into District 1, which includes the rest of Zena Drive.

According to the resolution, the current district lines “significantly risk violation of the ‘secret ballot’  provisions required by the Georgia Constitution.”

Redrawing the precinct lines “should work no undue hardship upon the voters currently located in the precinct sought to be changed,” the resolution said.

Page was required to send the resolution to the General Assembly for approval.  

In other business, the board unanimously:

Approved heating, ventilation and air conditioning and lighting replacements at Allatoona, Kingston and Taylorsville elementary schools. Low bidder J&R Construction was awarded all three bids: $1,263,357 for Allatoona, $978,753 for Kingston and $2,139,753 for Taylorsville. The projects will be funded by SPLOST. 

Approved salvaging 6,047 laptops in bulk through Govdeals.com.

Approved the five‐year local facilities plan resolution.