After no one showed up at the public hearing, the Cartersville City School Board voted 7-0 to approve the tentative fiscal year 2020 consolidated budget at its monthly meeting Monday night.
The tentative consolidated budget, which includes the general fund, special revenue, school nutrition and capital projects, is $56,177,915.
“Some of you do remember that last year, we combined what I call the educational side and the nutritional side budgets,” Finance Chairman Tim Chason said. “They came together so this is about a $56.1 million budget that we have for this year, so a little over 4% increase based on expenses of this current calendar year.”
The second required public hearing will be during the regular meeting on Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m., just before the board votes on the final budget.
Residents can view the tentative budget on the school system website, www.cartersvilleschools.org.
The board unanimously voted to adopt instructional materials for health and career, technical and agricultural education classes at the middle school and high school at a total cost of $284,161.23.
Board members unanimously approved three furniture purchases from Ernie Morris Enterprises Inc. in Bushnell, Florida, for offices and other rooms in the new athletic facility at the high school for $39,015.27, for instructional furnishings for the media center at the elementary school for $70,643.98 and for administrative furnishings for the elementary school for $36,182.19.
All three purchases will come from The Interlocal Purchasing System contract and will be paid from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
The board also unanimously voted to award the contract for seal coat and striping for the high school parking lot to low bidder Surface Masters in Marietta at a cost of $66,255.
Also with a unanimous vote, board members approved a contract with the Flippen Group to provide training for teachers on Capturing Kids’ Hearts July 29-30 for $26,000.
The elementary school’s fifth-grade Challenge class’ overnight trip to Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton Sept. 25-27 was unanimously approved by board members.
Two groups of employees received certificates of appreciation, presented by President Kelley Dial, from the board.
In observance of School Lunch Hero Day on May 3, board members honored the cafeteria leaders from each school: Manager Renee O’Harran and Assistant Manager Stacie Cornwell from the primary school, Manager Marilyn Dabbs and Assistant Manager Carla Zimmerman from the elementary school, Manager Chris Waits and Assistant Manager Carolyn Huston from the middle school and Manager Tiffany Tallent and Assistant Manager Tayzia English from the high school.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach said the system’s cafeteria staff members “go above and beyond” their job descriptions.
“People don’t realize sometimes just how hard our folks work back there,” he said. “We appreciate you.”
In honor of School Nurses Week, the board recognized Carilyn Hawkins from the primary school, Jessica Harrell from the elementary school, Cindy Smith from the middle school and Gladis Welch from the high school.
“I’m not even going to have them tell you out loud how many students they see in a given day, but you’d be surprised,” Feuerbach said. “Sometimes people say, ‘Do you need a nurse at school?’ and I’m like, ‘You have no idea.’ They are nurses; they are doctors; they are caretakers; they are everything in between. So we appreciate you.”