It’s going to cost more for out-of-district students to attend Cartersville City schools over the next two years.
At their meeting Monday night, Cartersville school board members approved 6-0 raising the tuition rate — for the first time since 2013 — for students who live outside the city limits beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
The board voted to keep the tuition rate of $200 per family for existing out-of-district students only for the 2019-20 school year if paid by June 30, 2019, but all new students, including siblings of those on the family rate, will pay $300 per child. After June 30, the rate is $300 per child for everyone.
For the 2020-21 school year, the family rate will be discontinued, and the tuition rate will be $300 per child for everyone.
Board members also unanimously approved hiring Matt Gibson, a former Bartow County principal, to take over the middle school July 1 when Principal Ken MacKenzie retires June 30 after 10 years with the system.
Gibson, who currently serves as the executive director of federal programs and professional learning for the county system, was principal at Kingston Elementary and Woodland Middle before moving to the central office.
The Cartersville resident also has been a teacher and administrator in Douglas County and a teacher in Murray County.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach said the hiring committee went through “a couple of rounds of interviews, and Matthew rose to the top of our candidate pool.”
“We had our first round of applications come through, and then we narrowed that down on paper,” he said. “We interviewed four individuals who met the criteria that our committee was looking at, and then we did a second round with Matt. He interviewed with our school governance council, and then we recommended him tonight.”
Accompanied by his wife, Cassie; son, Luke, a fifth-grader; and daughter, Reese, a third-grader, Gibson said he is “very excited, not only to be part of the Cartersville City School System, but to be a middle school principal.”
“I love middle school,” he said. “Ten of my 20 years [in education] have been spent at the middle school level. I feel like it’s a place where I’m very, very effective as a leader, and I work very, very well with the teachers and the students and can’t wait to get involved with the students and the staff and make sure we’re serving the kids in the Cartersville City School System the best way possible.”
Feuerbach said he’s “excited for Matt to join our Purple Hurricane family and looking forward to having him on board next school year.”
“We’re just real appreciative of Matt and his excitement and his energy coming to our school system,” he said. “We think he’s going to do a great job at the middle school, following Mr. MacKenzie and just carrying on the great tradition at Cartersville Middle School. So we’re excited to welcome he and his family to our school system.”
Gibson said he will be meeting with MacKenzie, the administrative staff, teachers, the school governance council and parent groups over the next couple of months to “get prepared so that it’s a smooth transition for all of those people as well as myself.”
In other business, board members unanimously:
⁃ Approved the sole-source quote of $79,720 from Daktronics to replace the Galaxy Outdoor Electronic Message Centers at the primary, elementary and middle schools, to be paid from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax account.
⁃ Awarded the bid for audio/video equipment for the new athletic facility at the high school to low bidder Summit Solutionz Inc. in Buford at a total cost of $217,125.86 — $185,895.43 for the equipment and $31,230.43 for a three-year extended warranty, also being paid from the SPLOST account.
⁃ Awarded the bid for Recordex interactive boards and installation for the middle school and the English classrooms at the high school to EDCO-Education Consultants Inc. in Kennesaw in the amount of $213,004, to be paid from the SPLOST account. The company agreed to honor its original bid dated June 4, 2018.
⁃ Approved Education Networks of America in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as the internet service provider for the school system for three years, beginning July 1, at a cost of $3,800 a month.
⁃ Approved a sole-source quote of $181,067.35 from Component Fabricators Inc., doing business as Legend Fitness Systems, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to purchase fitness equipment for the high school.
⁃ Awarded the bid for weights for the high school to low bidder Legend Fitness in Knoxville at a cost of $118,318.28.
⁃ Approved rental requests for Crosspoint City Church to use the elementary school grounds/parking lot for overflow parking at church services from March 13 to Aug. 25 in the amount of $25 per Sunday, a total of $650; Bartow Family Resources to use the middle school parking lot and track for the 5K Glow Run Saturday, March 23, from 3 p.m. to midnight; and Advocates for Children to use the primary school parking lot and gym restrooms for a 5K road race Saturday, May 11, from 6:30 to 10 a.m.
⁃ Approved an overnight trip for the high school’s FBLA members to attend the State Leadership Conference in Atlanta March 22-23.
⁃ Approved new board member Kathi White as their representative at the 2019 Georgia School Boards Association Delegate Assembly June 7-8 in Savannah.
The board honored Charla Banks from the transportation department as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for March.
Banks 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 at the school board office.
Board members also recognized the school system’s two social workers, Maria Hoffman and Paula Womack, with certificates as part of National School Social Worker Week.
In recognition of School Board Appreciation Week, each school provided gifts for the six board members, and Feuerbach presented them with plaques from the district.