Also, the board agreed to the acquisition of three school buses, which are priced at $93,000 each. Special purpose local option sales tax funds will be used to purchase the new buses. Additionally, $407,437 in SPLOST money will be used to enter a lease-purchase agreement to obtain MacBook Air laptops for students at Woodland Middle, South Central Middle, Cass Middle, Woodland High, Adairsville High and Cass High schools.
Superintendent John Harper said, “These laptops will help meet our goal of providing the technology necessary to prepare our students.”
The bid for systemwide copy paper from Staples was approved for $101,850. Harper recommended contracts to supply the system’s cafeterias through the Georgia Education Cooperative. Multiple school systems throughout the state participate in the co-op to receive reduced pricing on food.
Mayfield Dairy will provide milk, juice and dairy products to the system for $456,000. Fresh produce and eggs will be supplied through Royal Foods for $310,000. The cost of frozen, refrigerated and dry foods is $1,250,000 for the school year. Bimbo will stock the 20 county schools with bread at a cost $70,000. Beef, chicken, peanut butter and tomato paste will be supplied for $260,000. The cost of ingredients for pizza at the four high schools is $45,000. Renewal of the kitchen supplies and paper goods contract is fulfilled for $270,000.
Following two public hearings on Tuesday, the board will hold a final hearing Wednesday, July 30, at 5 p.m. pertaining to the tentative millage rate increase.