At its first meeting of the new school year, the Cartersville City School Board will consider awarding bids for new band instruments and will recognize an employee and a 2020 graduate Monday night.
During Thursday’s seven-minute work session, Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse – filling in for Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach, who was attending his son’s football game – said board members will be asked to award the bids for musical instruments for the middle and high schools to low bidders Taylor Music Inc. for $8,259.94, Alamo Music for $14,588.22 and National Educational Music Co. for $271.84.
The total purchase amount of $23,120 will be paid from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
The board also will be asked to approve rental requests for Bartow Family Resources to use the primary and elementary school parking lots to provide parking for the Night of Life annual event Oct. 6 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Deerfield Park and for the Cartersville Service League to use the middle school grounds and parking lot for a nonprofit fundraiser Oct. 16 and 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Marvin Jackson, custodian at the middle school, will be honored as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for September.
Jackson will receive a $50 gift card to Appalachian Grill from New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. and have his name added to a perpetual plaque displayed in the school board office.
Board members also will recognize 2020 graduate Andrew Lanham as the high school’s first teaching as a profession pathway completer.
The Kennesaw State University freshman education major, who served as an intern in an eighth-grade social studies class last year, received college credit as a result of completing the three-course program.
“We hope to be able to consider him [for a teaching position] just as soon as he can get graduated in a few years,” Clouse said. “He’s a delightful young man.”
During committee reports, Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Travis Popham gave board members an update on the construction timeline for expanding the high school’s cafeteria and remodeling the front office area.
Bids for the project will be opened on Sept. 24 and awarded on Oct. 12, and the projected completion date is July 15, he said.
Policy Committee Chairwoman Pat Broadnax said reopening the primary and elementary schools for all students this week “was a success.”
“We didn’t have many complaints about it,” she said. “I’ve talked to some of the parents, and one parent was trying to get the books that had not come in yet, but other than that, I haven’t heard any other thing that was derogatory. So we’re doing good.”
Students at the two schools were brought back into their buildings Tuesday after being on a staggered schedule for the first three weeks of the 2020-21 school year.
“That’s gone very, very well,” Clouse said. “I think they’re having to tweak lunch times a little bit because we’re still eating in classrooms so it’s a little bit more volume coming through the cafeteria, and that’s not really been a hiccup.”
But traffic at the two schools was “like the first day of school,” Clouse said.
“Several of the teachers said, ‘We’ve started school three times this year,’ and that’s true, with the hybrid two groups of students coming in that first week, and then Tuesday was like the first day of school,” he said. “But really at both the primary and elementary school, they start, officially, the day at 7:30 [a.m.]. At 7:31, there wasn’t traffic out on Old Mill [Road] for either one of those schools so we were pleased with the structure that the schools had in place.”
All middle school students will return to their building Monday, followed by the high schoolers the next Monday.
The business meeting will be Monday at 6 p.m. in the Cartersville High School auditorium at 320 E. Church St.