The Cartersville City School Board will be planning for the future at Monday night’s regular meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach will recommend approving a resolution to phase out the primary school’s facilities as part of the application process to secure funding from the Georgia Department of Education to build a new facility sometime in the future.
“It does not mean that the primary school is going away tomorrow or anything of that nature,” he said. “But as we’ve been discussing pre-COVID, our growth plan is what we’re doing.”
Feuerbach said a feasibility study determined that the “cost of upgrading CPS, which is about 40 years old, will be greater than the state funding to replace the primary school.”
“It won’t be used for K-12 purposes anymore,” he said. “Basically, we’re listing that we will be doing away with the old building if we proceed that way. We have to do that to get state funding for it.”
Whenever the board decides it’s time to build a new CPS, which was constructed in 1975, the old building must be demolished, according to the superintendent.
“If we are going to receive the state funds that we are receiving, if we’re going to build one in place of it, we have to take the other one down,” he said.
But “with that being said, it does not marry us to doing that,” Feuerbach said.
“We have time,” he said. “We still can get out of doing that. This is just us making our statement, a resolution saying this is how we’re going to proceed right now, but we do have a get out of it if we decide here in the next six to 12 months we don’t need to move forward at this time.”
Feuerbach also will recommend purchasing two 72-passenger buses from Thomas Bus Sales at a cost of $189,770, with $77,220 being paid from state funds, and the remaining $112,550 coming from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
“We have two buses that are up to be replaced,” he said. “We will then surplus those items, the two older ones that are going out.”
The superintendent also will recommend buying two Ricoh MP9003SP copiers, one for the elementary school and one for the high school, from Milner Inc. in the amount of $14,516 per unit, to be paid from SPLOST.
“We have a cycle where we’re replacing these every six to seven years,” he said. “It’s just these two schools’ turn for those copiers.”
Another recommendation from Feuerbach will be rescinding the bid awards to Taylor Music Inc. and National Educational Music Co. for band instruments that was approved by the board at the July 27 meeting.
“The reason is the bid could not be filled as specified,” he said. “What we decided to do was just rescind the entire thing and bid everything again. Instead of trying to piecemeal things and make things confusing, it’s just a better practice to rescind the entire thing and do the bid all over again.”
Board members will recognize Cartersville Middle School paraprofessional Yvette Williams as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for April.
The board was unable to recognize her in person at the April meeting due to the COVID-19 shutdown so she will be honored four months later.
Williams will receive a $50 gift card to Appalachian Grill from New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. and have her name added to a perpetual plaque displayed in the school board office.
The monthly business meeting will be Monday at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium at 320 E. Church St.