CCBOE honors Lemmon, approves agenda items

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At its meeting Monday night, the Cartersville City School Board recognized one of Bartow County's public servants and approved a number of routine agenda items.

Board President Kelley Dial read a lengthy resolution that recognized and commended Melinda Lemmon, executive director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development, for her "outstanding service" to the community.

"I'm humbled, especially in front of this group," Lemmon said. "You all do so much. We appreciate you. The students of this school system and the Bartow school system are so important to the community, and for them to have jobs so they can choose to stay here and grow here after all the investment you all are making in each of them is very, very special. So I do get passionate about what I do, and it's a pleasure to serve this community."

During the business session, board members voted 7-0 to approve donating 20 central office computers that are being surplussed to the Summer Hill After-School Program as well as surplussing and donating a 2003 Bluebird 72-passenger school bus to the nonprofit Hands of Christ After-School Program at First Presbyterian Church of Cartersville.

Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach said at Thursday's work session that the school system had donated a bus to the program in 2015, and the timing was right to fulfill a request for another one since the district had a bus it was going to surplus.

The board unanimously approved rental requests for Greater New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church to use the middle school grounds and parking lot for the 5K Run for the Son Race Saturday from 7:45 to 10:45 a.m.; for the Spanish Enrichment Program through OLA Language School LLC to use two classrooms at the elementary school from Sept. 10, 2019, through April 26, 2020; and for Tranquility House Domestic Violence Center to use the middle school grounds and parking lot for the Jingle Jog 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Board members also unanimously approved modifying a rental request from Cartersville Woman’s Club President Brenda Worley, who asked to change the date for renting the high school auditorium for a benefit concert for Tranquility House from Saturday, Oct. 19, to Saturday, Nov. 2, due to conflicts. All other parts of the original plan remained the same as submitted in the previous request.

The board approved an overnight trip for the high school's Future Business Leaders of America members to attend the Fall Leadership Conference in Athens Nov. 13-14.

Besides recognizing Lemmon, board members also honored Billie Williamson, lead custodian at the primary school, as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for September.

Williamson received a $50 gift certificate to Appalachian Grill from New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. and had her name added to a perpetual plaque on display in the central office.