Superintendent Michael Hinojosa asked the board to approve rewarding the “noble and unselfish” contributions made by district staff during the January storm, many of whom spent the night on buses and in schools keeping watch over students.
The board approved spending about $395,000 out of the district’s general fund to pay more than 1,400 hourly employees, including bus drivers and maintenance staff, $25 for every hour worked after 3 p.m. Jan. 28 and into the next day.
Roughly 300 teachers and administrators who worked longer hours Jan. 28 will be paid one personal day by the end of the school year.
Board members also authorized moving forward with a number of construction and renovation projects in district schools using special purpose local option sales tax funds.
Atlantic South Construction of Marietta was selected to renovate the district’s Adult Education Center and Oakwood Facility. The firm will be paid $770,000 to install a new fire alarm and sprinkler system at the school.
Reliant Construction Inc. of Alpharetta was chosen to renovate Argyle Elementary School in Smyrna. The district will pay Reliant $461,000 to install a new sprinkler system and white boards in classrooms, according to the agenda. The project is expected to be completed by mid-July.
Kennesaw-based Ward General Contractors Inc. will be paid $243,000 to remove the asbestos in the outside paneling of Murdock Elementary School in northeast Cobb by July 25.
And Rocky Mount Elementary School in Marietta is expecting a new sprinkler system and fire alarm system this summer. The board agreed to pay Lithonia-based C.P. Richards Construction Co. $1.6 million for the job.
During public comment, four parents and community members from Harmony Leland Elementary School in Mableton expressed disappointment with board members because their school was not chosen to be rebuilt with SPLOST IV funds at a meeting earlier this month.
“How long are you going to wait to build a new school?” asked Harmony Leland parent David Berny.
Mountain View and Brumby Elementary Schools were instead selected by the board at a February meeting to be rebuilt.