Cartersville school board approves Classworks, budget parameters
by Mark Andrews
Dec 10, 2013 | 1194 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville Board of Education during its business session on Monday unanimously approved each item of its agenda, including a three-year contract with Classworks Curriculum Advantage Inc. to meet a new assessment component to be introduced in January.

“What this does is it’s a common assessment of all four [city] schools. The state has decided that [Cartersville Elementary School] third-graders will determine the academic standing of [Cartersville Primary School],” Superintendent Howard Hinesley said. “There’s got to be continuity between the second and third grade.”

The board negotiated the contract at $53,200.

In other board news, Finance Committee Chairperson Kelley Dial said Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue was below average for November at $337,917.

“One thing [the finance committee] did learn was that the new car tag tax — some of the money we were getting for SPLOST checks will now be coming directly to us and that will make us more flexible in the ways that we can spend the [revenue],” Dial said. “We could just put it in the general fund as opposed to the restrictions of the SPLOST account.”

The board approved the finance committee’s parameters for Fiscal Year 2015, which has increased its expected budget tax collection rate from 97 percent to 98.5 percent.

“When I first started on the board, we budget 100 percent and we usually got it, but when the recession hit it started being less than 100 percent for a while, so we went to 97 percent,” Dial said. “This is a good thing because historically we have been getting more.”

She said while the budget parameters are not binding, they give the administration a “road map” when planning to propose a budget.

• The board on Monday recognized CHS student Deltisha Moore for receiving her diploma by fulfilling all requirements to be certified as a graduate.

• The board also recognized board member Ken Topham — who did not run for re-election this term — for his eight years of service. Floyd Braid will take the Ward 2 seat in 2014.