Board of Education

Computer upgrades approved for base high schools

by Celia Shortt

The upgrading of select computers and printers at the county’s base high schools was approved Tuesday by the Coweta County Board of Education at its first meeting of 2014.

The purchase is aimed at the Career & Technical Agricultural Education program.

“It is a purchase we need to make with our high schools with increased emphasis on the CTAE program, which is a component of our college and career academy program,” said Coweta County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker. “This would update one of those business ed labs (per base high school). It will update and align our system with the pathway requirements which are also a component of the CCRPI, the new accountability system.”

Barker also said this purchase is not part of the technology plan the board passed two-and-a-half years ago.

The price of the computers and printers to update one CTAE lab per base high school is $60,249 and was unanimously approved by the board.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, approved was a change order of $41,920 for additional insulation to Wing “L” at East Coweta High School.

“In the process of moving forward with that project, as in this case and oftentimes with our older buildings, we find there are areas that we did not foresee moving into the project,” said Barker. “This particular one deals with the insulation requirements to the energy code in the ceiling on the portion of that campus, and it was not seen in the original architectural drawings.”

Barker added that this issue stands alone and is not present in any other areas on the ECHS campus.

Other business:

• The school board approved two new courses a Central Educational Center: Wildlife Management and a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Research Internship. Wildlife Management will replace several horticulture classes.

• Approved were the 2014 officers. They are the same as 2013: Winston Dowdell, chairman; Harry Mullins, vice chair; Graylin Ward, treasurer; Keith Chapman, assistant secretary/treasurer; and Connie Hanson clerk of the board.

• Approved were the 2014 meeting dates: Tuesdays, Jan 14, Feb. 11 , March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

• The board approved the newly revised 11th edition of Roberts Rules of Order to be used for the calendar year as its bylaws.

• Approved was attendance for school board members to GSBA mandated training in 2014.

• The board set the qualifying fees for the school board at no cost.

• Approved was an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding agreement between the CCSS and Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority for sewer lines to East Coweta High School and Poplar Road Elementary. The amendment corrected some errors in the original draft.

• Approved was a request by Northgate High School’s principal to allow the JROTC to attend and compete in the Air Force Marksmanship Championship in Anniston, Ala., from Feb 20-23. No school will be missed, as it is during the school system’s winter break, and there is no cost to the system.

• School system financial officer Keith Chapman gave a financial update and reported that $2.8 million rather than the $5.2 million budgeted will be taken from reserves. He also said the sales tax is the most consistent he’s ever seen it and holding at $1.5 million.

• Barker reported that construction at East Coweta High School and Evans Middle School is progressing.

• Derek Pitts and Vern Mamon, principals at Maggie Brown School and Winston Dowdell Academy, respectively, gave updates on their alternative education school improvement plans.



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