At its last meeting of the school year, the Bartow County School Board approved a new STEM lab for Woodland High School among other items on the agenda.
During Monday night’s business meeting, board members voted 5-0 to hire Womack, Lewis and Smith to renovate classrooms at WHS into a science, technology, engineering and mathematics lab at a cost of $570,300, to be funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
The committee evaluated the five proposals received and ranked each item based on a rubric. Womack, Lewis and Smith was the second-lowest bidder but received the highest number of points and the committee’s recommendation for the project.
The board also unanimously approved renewing the annual maintenance coverage and hosting for PowerSchool, the school system’s student information system, for $155,733.15. The renewal is a budgeted item.
Board members approved unanimously a request for a change order for additional structure and electrical requirements for the new video scoreboard installation at all three high schools football fields.
Additional funds totaling $42,523.52 were requested by Miller-VuScor to change from a two-pole structure to a four-pole structure. The cost includes the additional drilling.
The original amount approved by the board for the project, including continency, was $762,011, but the total amount, which is being paid from SPLOST funds, ended up being $804,534.52.
Board members unanimously approved low bidder Roman Chemical for providing custodial supplies, services and equipment repairs at a cost of $265,000. This is a budgeted item.
Also unanimously approved by the board were contract renewals for the following special education-related services providers: Maxim Healthcare Services (nursing), $39 an hour for LPNs and $42.52 an hour for RNs; National Staffing Solution (speech/language pathologists), $65 an hour; Kaci Keita (educational interpreter/sign language), $45 an hour; Jill Sheffield and Rebekah Williamson (educational interpreters/sign language), $450 a day ($50 an hour for extra); Allied Instructional Services Inc. (orientation and mobility services), $75 an hour; and Pathways Behavioral Consulting (applied behavior analysis), $52-$76 an hour.
The board also unanimously approved hiring low bidder DH Pace Co. to rekey the entire Cass Middle School at a cost of $108,040.24, to be paid from SPLOST funds.
In other business, the board unanimously approved:
— Low bidder Owens Security for low-voltage repair and service and fire and security monitoring at a budgeted cost of $115,000.
— Salvaging 2,972 laptops that are no longer needed due to all 1:1 laptops being refreshed, a process that began in 2017.
— Surplusing/selling four 1999 school buses and two 2007 campus police cars on Govdeals.com.