Monday night’s Bartow County School Board seemed more like the Academy Awards than a business meeting.
The board recognized several employees and schools for outstanding achievements ranging from excellence in teaching Advanced Placement classes to working in the transportation department.
Nine teachers from two high schools were recognized as AP Teachers of Distinction: AP calculus teacher Katy Carder, AP government teacher Pat Konen, AP studio art teacher Jayme Laney, AP Spanish teacher Kaylie Noe, AP literature and composition teacher Robby Stone and AP biology teacher Kristi Sylvester from Adairsville High and AP language teacher Dom D’Agostino, AP world history teacher Kelly Hunter and AP human geography teacher Cheri Kienitz from Woodland High.
“This is a new recognition for our school system, and it’s really honoring those Advanced Placement teachers that we have at our high schools,” Superintendent Dr. Phillip Page said. “We are excited that we get a chance tonight to recognize nine of our teachers in our school system who meet this new AP Teacher of Distinction.”
Qualifying for the award is “not easy,” Page said.
“You have to be an exceptional instructional leader in an exceptionally difficult course to get our kids to show proficiency in,” he said.
Teachers must have at least 80% of their students take the AP exam, and at least 50% of the students taking the test must score a 3 or higher on it.
Page also awarded a banner to Adairsville High Principal Bruce Mulkey for having the high school with highest graduation rate in the system – 92.3% – for the third consecutive year.
“We had a tremendous year last year in graduating our students – best ever in Bartow County – and we’re extremely excited that we can recognize, as we have the past two years, the high school that has the highest graduation rate,” the superintendent said.
The superintendent also recognized White Elementary School for becoming the system’s third STEM-certified school and presented a banner to Principal Amy Heater.
The November Employee of the Month was Supervisor of Transportation Natalie Ingram, who received a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cartersville, two $25 gift cards to Cody J’s, a gift card to The Original Steak and Rib House and a gift bag.
During the business portion, board members voted 4-0, with District 5 member Anna Sullivan absent, to approve changes to a grading system regulation in response to the Georgia Department of Education’s adjustment to final exam percentage weights for grades at the high school level.
Final exams now will be weighted according to state guidelines for end-of-course assessments, where applicable, rather than 20% of the student’s final average.
The board also unanimously approved a resolution to phase out three facilities that are no longer used or owned by the school system: Adairsville Middle/High School, now the site of the new Adairsville Elementary, and the old Adairsville and Cloverleaf elementary schools, which were both sold after new buildings were constructed.