Coweta County Schools

Residency affidavits due Dec. 20

by Celia Shortt

Residency affidavits for Coweta County students are due by Friday, Dec. 20, as mentioned at Tuesday evening’s regular monthly meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education.

“It is an important process in tracking residency of our students and ensuring that it’s Coweta County students who are benefiting from our school system,” said Coweta School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker at the meeting.

As a federal court requirement, each year Coweta parents must complete an Affidavit of Residency and show proof of residency for each child they have enrolled in a Coweta County school. The affidavit must be notarized and have submitted with it two items from the following list for address verification:

•Property tax records which indicate the location of the resident;

•Mortgage documents or a security deed which indicates the location of the residence;

•Apartment or home lease or rent receipt indicating the current address;

•Current utility bill for electricity or utility application for electricity showing the current address;

•Voter precinct identification card or other voter documentation indicating the current address.

“I do want to express to our parent community — we know it is an inconvenience, but it is an important part of what we do, and we appreciate their cooperation,” Dr. Barker added.

The affidavits can be notarized at the schools when they are submitted by the parents. Parents must have this year’s affidavits of residence turned in on Dec. 20, the Friday before schools let out for Christmas and New Year’s break.

Also at Tuesday evening’s meeting, the school board approved the purchase of 16 new school buses for use in the school system. Ten of the buses are 66-passenger buses, and the other six 48-passenger buses with lifts.

The total cost of all 16 is approximately $1.4 million and will be paid for with money from the State Pupil Transportation Bonds and from SPLOST funds. Both these funds are not operational funds and are separate from what is used to pay bus drivers.

In other business:

• The school board approved an amendment to the Coweta County School System Cafeteria Plan which changes the regulations for the Health Flexible Spending Accounts. Now, up to $500 is allowed to be carried forward to the next plan year. Previously, any money left at the end of the year was forfeited. This change is effective immediately.

• Approved was the Guaranteed Maximum Price with J&R Construction and Development on the Evans Middle School Additions, Renovations, and Modification Project. The GMP is $14,588,000.00.

• Approved was a petition to modify the Drake Scholarship Trust to allow the income from the trust be accumulated year to year and be used to fund the scholarships and to allow up to $7,500 from the body of the trust to be used to fund scholarships.

• A resolution was approved to remove the Northside Elementary Project from the FY2010 Capital Outlay plan. This removal does not mean work on the facility will not be done in the future. It does mean that it will not occur under the FY2010 application timeline.

• A bid of $134,574 to Columbus Communications was approved for a new UHF radio system to be installed at 25 campuses in the district.

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