In the words of Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach, the Cartersville City School Board’s January meeting will be filled with “all the little things that we have to go over” at the start of a new calendar year.
At Thursday night’s work session, Feuerbach and all seven board members went over a laundry list of items that the superintendent will be recommending at Monday night’s regular business meeting.
The first order of business will be electing a board president, vice president and secretary for 2021, and the newly elected president will appoint members and a chairperson to the finance, technology, policy, personnel and extracurricular, curriculum, building and grounds and legal committees.
Feuerbach will recommend setting on the table for public review and comment the system's proposed 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic calendars.
The 2021-22 calendar shows school starting Aug. 11 and ending May 27 and includes the following holidays and breaks: Sept. 6 for Labor Day, Oct. 4-5 for fall break, Nov. 22-26 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 20-31 for Christmas, Jan. 3 for teacher in-service, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feb. 11-15 for winter break and April 4-8 for spring break.
For the 2022-23 calendar, school would start Aug. 10 and end May 26, and students would have the following holidays and breaks: Sept. 5 for Labor Day, Oct. 3-4 for fall break, Nov. 21-25 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 19-30 for Christmas, Jan. 2 for teacher in-service, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feb. 10-14 for winter break and April 3-7 for spring break.
“Two things are a little bit different about the ones that are being recommended,” Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said. “There’s a little bit of an imbalance between first semester and second semester. Usually, it’s about 90 days each. If you’ll count up the days, these are 85 and 95. The schools are fine with that because in the spring, there’s so much time that’s taken up by assessments and testing and all the spring end-of-the-year activities anyway that the teachers were fine with that.”
It also allows the system to “start school a little bit later, which is the general thing that we hear from the parents,” he added.
The second difference is fall break would be a week earlier than normal, coming during the first week of October instead of around Columbus Day, to line up with the county school system’s calendar, Clouse said.
There has been a “greater push to try to be on the same page with the county” so parents who work in one system but have kids in the other system would have their breaks at the same time, he said.
Feuerbach also will recommend waiving Policy DJED, which requires any expenditures costing between $5,000 and $10,000 to have three quotes, and recommend Education Planners to conduct an Efficiency and Effectiveness Review in the amount of $10,000.
“Just to be frank with you, I’ve Googled and searched, and I just can’t find somebody who does what Education Planners does,” he said. “Secondly, they are a Georgia-based consulting company. They know Georgia schools; they know what they’re looking at, and so that is the reason that I’m recommending just going straight to them.”
The superintendent also will recommend approving the following schedule for the regular monthly meetings of the school board in 2021: Feb. 8, March 8, April 19, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13 and Jan. 10, 2022.
Meetings will be at 6 p.m. in the central office board room at 15 Nelson St.
Work sessions will be scheduled for 6 p.m. the Thursday preceding the regular board meeting.
Feuerbach will recommend approval of:
— Paying school board members a per diem, in lieu of expenses, for regular, called and work session meetings and committee meetings.
—The continued appointment of Cartersville attorney Harry B. White as legal counsel for the school board during 2021.
— Membership of the school system in the Northwest Georgia Regional Educational Services Association for the 2021-22 school year and that the superintendent be appointed as the system's representative to RESA's board of control.
— Authorizing school board members to attend Georgia School Boards Association and National School Boards Association conferences and training sessions as official representatives of the board during 2021.
— The continued establishment of the Sex Education/AIDS Prevention Education Advisory Committee and membership on an as-needed basis for 2021.
— Authorizing blanket approval of students and personnel to participate in overnight and out-of-state events first approved by the school's principal and sanctioned by the Georgia High School Association or the superintendent, including athletic camps and events for football, basketball, band, cheerleading and other groups. Strong consideration should be given to not miss school unless the distance to be traveled requires an overnight stay.
— Authorizing the high school's athletic director to select the lowest and best bid from the athletic equipment/cloth bids received by the required date and time. For any other items needed for all sports where a bid was not received, a written quote will be obtained by the athletic director from only the companies that submitted bids and were awarded bids by the required date and time, with Bartow County companies being given priority. If items are not available from these companies' awarded bids, the athletic director is authorized to find the best and lowest quote from any other reputable companies.
The board will recognize Cartersville Elementary Assistant Principal Becky Bryant as the Matthew Hill-Michael Dean HEARTS Employee of the Month for January.
Bryant will receive a $50 gift card to Appalachian Grill from New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. and will have her name added to the perpetual plaque displayed at the school board office.
The regular monthly meeting will be Monday at 6 p.m. in the central office board room.