$872,500 price tag for middle school location

Land purchased for future school site

by Celia Shortt

An $872,500 contract to purchase approximately 53 acres on Shaw Road as a potential middle school site was approved Tuesday by the Coweta County Board of Education.

“This is the corridor that serves our middle schools that are the most densely populated at the current time,” said Coweta School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker at the March board meeting.

The money for land is part of Coweta’s one-cent, education-earmarked Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax used for land acquisition.

Last week, Barker released data in a school board work session showing Madras Middle School and Lee Middle School are operating above capacity, but they are looking to remain steady in the short-term enrollment projections.

“The most ideal situation would be to have both options (renovating current facilities or building new ones) on the table so the best decision for students can be made,” he said of the land purchase.

— Also at Tuesday’s meeting, AT&T presented a check for $60,000 to Communities In Schools of Georgia Inc. to support site coordinators in Coweta County.

CIS of Georgia is part of the nation’s network and is the leading high school dropout prevention organization. Its mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and to achieve in life.

Their site coordinators help connect students who are at risk of dropping out of high school by providing them with academic support, mentoring, counseling, after-school programs, career development, intervention, health care and other resources.

The first site coordinator for Coweta County will be at East Coweta High School.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a 36-month renewal contract with CINTAS for uniforms for the maintenance and garage staff.

• Approved a membership agreement with West Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency for the 2015 Fiscal Year in the amount of $78,841.

• School board member Larry Robertson nominated board member Amy Dees as its delegate for the Georgia School Boards Association Delegate Assembly and Annual Conference in June 2014 in Savannah. Frank Farmer was nominated as the alternate. The board unanimously approved the nomination.

• Approved a list of ECHS kitchen equipment to be sold as surplus.

• Approved the amended 2013-2014 school year calendar, accounting for the days missed due to severe winter weather. Students will not be required to make up the lost days.

• The school board approved five out-of-state trips for some ECHS students. Four are for this school year and one is for next. All are at no cost to the system and only one will have missed school days.

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