Marietta BOE mulls elementary roof
by Lindsay Field
August 13, 2013 12:18 AM | 1167 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Marietta Board of Education will consider approving a new roof over a portion of one of the district’s eight elementary schools during its first meeting of the school year tonight.

School started for the system’s more than 8,000 students Thursday.

The board will consider approving a $21,900 contract with M. Tanner Contracting of Dawsonville to restore the roof over the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics’ music room, hallway and art room.

The existing roof is 23 years old and the new roof will have a 14-year manufacturer warranty.

The restoration will be paid for out of the district’s building fund.

Laptops for middle schoolers

Another contract, which will be talked about but won’t be considered for approval until the Aug. 20 meeting, is the purchase of 270 laptops and nine carts for Marietta Middle School.

The $197,901 contract with Dell Marketing LP will allow the district to provide one computer for every seventh-and eighth-grade student in its middle school. It will be paid for with SPLOST III dollars.

The board is considering buying laptops for each student in Marietta Middle’s English/Language Arts and Social Studies classes.

The laptops are $633 each, or $179,010 in all, and the carts are $2,099 each, or $18,891 in total. The carts allow the teachers to charge and secure the devices while still being able to move them between classrooms.

The expense is part of the district’s technology purchase approved by board members last spring.

The goal of the ongoing technology plan is to have one computer for every two students in kindergarten through fifth grade and one computer for every student in sixth through 12th grades.

The overall anticipated cost to make this ratio a reality is $1.7 million, which is funded in the district’s fiscal 2014 budget.

Updates from principals

In other business, the board also will get an update from Hickory Hills Elementary School Principal Kristen Beaudin and Marietta Center for Advanced Academics Principal Jennifer Hernandez on how their schools performed last school year.

Each principal also will make a presentation on what their plans are for the 2013-14 school year to continue or make any needed improvements in curriculum or instruction.

The work session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will be in the central office board room, 250 Howard St., Marietta.

For a full agenda, visit marietta-city.org.

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