Board of Education meeting rundown

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Matthew Strother

LaGRANGE — The Troup County Board of Education met for its caucus meeting Monday and reviewed items for its Thursday meeting.

Board members heard from school system CFO Byron Jones, who presented the special-purpose, local-option sales tax, or SPLOST, tax receipts for the month of October, which were $877,162.98, board documents show. He called it a concerning trend with returns being lower than the previous year’s for the third month in a row, but hoped the Christmas shopping seasons would show a pickup in collections.

Items the board is set to vote on Thursday are:

• A board policy regarding suicide prevention, on how to prevent and react to suicide threats or concerns.

• A first reading on a policy revisions for professional learning for staff to place it in line with new state standards.

• Multiple purchase orders to CDW Government for a total $208,370.40 for the purchase of 21 Dell Chromebook mobile sets for Berta Weathersbee, Callaway, Ethel W. Kight, Franklin Forest, Long Cane, Hillcrest, Hogansville, Hollis Hand, Rosemont, West Point and Whitesville Road elementary schools.

• A purchase order to Hutchinson Traylor Insurance in the amount of $48,619.00 for the annual excess workers’ compensation policy renewal with State National for Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016. Funding will come from school system general funds.

• Sanctioning the LaGrange High School Girls Soccer Booster Club, Troup High School PTO and THS Takedown Club organizations to operate in support of their schools and athletic groups.

• Allowing the THINC College and Career Academy to renovate current classroom space into a science lab and collaboration area within the West Georgia Technical College. The cost of this project is not expected to exceed $450,000 and will be paid for with private funds from business donors with no public funds involved, said John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations. The school system has to approve the move because it is the leaseholder of the academy’s property, Radcliffe said.

• A purchase order to CDW Government in the amount of $30,974.58 to replace the system’s existing backup solution. The system’s existing backup units are 10 years old and not able to keep up with existing data retention needs, according to documents from the board. Replacing the units allow the system to fully restore student, teacher and district data in the event of a network or environmental disaster.

Matthew Strother is the editor of LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311.