Board of Ed. reviews Thursday agenda

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Matthew Strother

LaGRANGE — The Troup County Board of Education met for a caucus meeting Tuesday.

Staff discussed items that the board is expected to vote on during its regular meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Administrative Services Building, 100 N. Davis Road, building C.

The board is expected to vote on:

• Selecting two board members to serve as representatives on the THINC college and career academy “THINC Tank.” These representatives will assist in providing ideas for the THINC strategic plan.

• Appointing a representative to serve as a liaison between the Troup County Board of Education and the Troup County Parks and Recreation Commission Board. Parks and Rec. by-laws state that one school board member should serve. Ted Alford was liaison, but his term expired Dec. 31.

• Appointing a school board member to serve on the Georgia School Boards Association’s Legislative Liaison Network as the representative for the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Ashley Adams served for the last two years.

• Reaffirming the Troup County Board of Education code of ethics and board member conflict of interest policies, originally adopted in January 2011.

• Approving an updated policy for teachers’ professional learning in the school system. The new policy includes updates defining how funds may be spent for professional learning, oversight responsibilities at each school and standards for reporting to the state.

• Approving the human resource recommendations for hirings and terminations of certain staff.

• Approving the operation of LHS Girls Volleyball Inc. as a sanctioned booster club.

• Affirming the financial report, showing 62.25 percent of budgeted revenue — $61,282,360 — received and 48.20 percent of budgeted expenses — $47,810,044 — used as of Dec. 31, which is the midpoint of the fiscal year.

• Approving a purchase order to Strategic Equipment Inc. for $53,562.89 to buy two new serving lines for Gardner Newman Middle School. The school nutrition department applied for a state grant for school lunch equipment for several schools and was awarded $33,000 toward the purchase of the serving lines, according to board documents. The remaining $20,562.89 will come from local school nutrition funds.

• Approving Southern A&E as architect for design and administration of the construction contracts for the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at Long Cane Elementary School for a basic design fee of 4 percent — about $56,000 — and a contract administration fee of 2 percent, which will depend on the final construction contract. Funding will come from the Georgia Department of Education.

Matthew Strother is the editor of LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2153.