Naming a new head football coach was the big news at the Cartersville City School Board’s combined work session and business meeting Thursday night, but board members also took care of a few other items on the agenda.
After giving her school news report, Cartersville High Principal Shelley Tierce announced that defensive coordinator Conor Foster had been promoted to head football coach, replacing former coach Joey King, who accepted a position as the receivers coach for Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
“It is my pleasure to introduce our new head football coach, Mr. Conor Foster,” she said. “We’re excited about this opportunity for Coach Foster but really this opportunity for us to develop another great leader. I know he’s doing a great job. I’m very confident in that.”
Tierce said wins and losses weren’t the only things she thought about while trying to decide on a new coach.
“You start really thinking about the person who’s got your kids’ hearts, their best interest in mind and who’s going to love on them and who knows your kids, who knows where they come from, what they go home to and who really is about instilling morals and values and evolving young men to be productive citizens in your community as well,” she said. “Those are the things that impressed me most about Coach Foster, and I know he will do a fantastic job.”
Accompanied by his wife, Dr. Kim Foster; his kids, Madi, Baylor and baby No. 3 due Feb. 25; and his parents, Martin and Nancy Foster, the new head coach thanked the board, system officials and Tierce for their vote of confidence.
“We’re just so blessed and honored with this opportunity to serve our community,” he said.
In other business, board members voted 6-0 to approve the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school calendars.
The 2019-20 calendar shows school starting Aug. 7 and ending May 22 and includes the following holidays and breaks: Sept. 2 for Labor Day, Oct. 11 for teacher professional learning, Oct. 14-15 for fall break, Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 23-Jan. 3 for Christmas, Jan. 6 for teacher in-service, Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feb. 17-18 for winter break and April 6-10 for spring break.
For the 2020-21 calendar, school will start Aug. 5 and end May 21, and students will have the following holidays and breaks: Sept. 7 for Labor Day, Oct. 9 for teacher professional learning, Oct. 12-13 for fall break, Nov. 23-27 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 21-Jan. 1 for Christmas, Jan. 4 for teacher in-service, Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feb. 15-16 for winter break and April 5-9 for spring break.
The board also unanimously approved low bidder G&A Contracting Inc. in Blairsville for network, cabling and fiber installation at the high school’s new athletic facility at a cost of $25,575.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach and board members also honored the school system’s nine counselors as part of National School Counselor Week.
“School counselors work very, very hard and get very little attention,” Feuerbach said. “That’s just the reality of it. A lot of times, people think school counselors just sit and talk with a kid and maybe give them an encouraging word and send them on their way, and they do that, but they do more than that. They stand in that gap when a child needs someone to stand in that gap for them. They meet with the parents. They serve families in a way that we don’t understand.”
Board President Kelley Dial presented certificates to counselors Carol Apple and Rachel Ennis from the primary school, Ashley Jackson and Joycelyn Richards from the middle school and Megan Boudrie, Chaja Pinkard and Alexis Pritchard from the high school.
Elementary school counselors Teresa Lovingood and Lori Rogers could not attend.
The board recognized occupational therapist Dr. Christy McDonald as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for February.
She received a $50 gift card to Appalachian Grill from New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. and had her name added to the perpetual plaque displayed in the school board office.
At a called board meeting Monday night, board members unanimously approved modifying the 2018-19 school calendar to forgive the Jan. 29 school day that was missed due to forecasted inclement weather, which means students won’t have to make up that day.
They also unanimously accepted PE teacher and head football coach Joey King’s resignation, effective Feb. 8, and approved releasing him from his contract.