Coweta Board of Education
Classes added to some middle, high schools
by Celia Shortt
Course additions at certain middle schools and high schools in Coweta County were approved Tuesday by the Coweta County Board of Education.
Science enrichment connections classes will be added at Madras Middle School and Evans Middle for all grades. A seventh grade language arts connections enrichment course will added at East Coweta Middle School, and a visual arts/sculpture II elective class will be added for grades nine through 12 at Northgate High School. All these courses are state approved and will begin in the fall of 2014.
Coweta County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker said connections classes are important because they allow the students to connect with the material, and it puts them in a position to use it in conjunction with science and math.
“Will they be available at all the schools?” asked Coweta County School Board Member Sue Brown.
Tuesday’s approval will allow them to be available to all the schools in the district, replied Barker.
All the course additions will be taught by current employees.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts awarded the Coweta school board with its Award of Distinction for Excellence in Financial Reporting. GDAA also presented the findings of their audit of the school system for the 2013 fiscal year, which was clean with no findings.
In other business:
• Approved was a bid for Serotta Maddocks Evans CPAs in the amount of $38,150 for a performance audit or performance review, as required by OCGA 20-2-491. This bid was the middle one. The lowest bid could not be considered because the company had no evidence of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax – SPLOST – review services.
• The school board heard Barker’s SPLOST Project Update for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, which includes current construction projects at East Coweta High School and Evans Middle School. He also presented some new proposed projects, which include: a new transportation facility, lighting retrofits at certain schools, HVAC upgrades in certain gyms and locker rooms, and paving projects and floor coverings at certain schools.
• Approved were closeout resolutions, which confirmed the costs for renovations to Atkinson Elementary School and Elm Street Elementary School have been paid.
• Approved were six high school out-of-state and overnight trips – three from Northgate, two from East Coweta, and one from Central Educational Center. All the trips are at no cost to the school system and will not cause the students going to miss any school days.