The week was an incredibly busy week for the Troup County School System and all of the board members and staff. Earlier in the week, the group held a stake in the ground ceremony at the location of the new school building, currently under construction, on South Davis Road. This facility will be the new home for the students at Whitesville Road Elementary in the next school year. At the regularly scheduled board meeting this past Thursday night, November 16th, the board went into further detail on the naming of the school and how the community will have an input on that name.
At their meeting that Thursday, the board and staff disclosed the following information on the naming of the new school, with the naming being made official by 5 pm on Friday, January 12th .
“The Troup County Board of Education shall be responsible for the naming or renaming of all school facilities. The Board recognizes that the official name selected for a school building is a vital factor in the public image of the school and that the name must reflect honor and integrity upon the school. With this in mind the following guidelines are established for the consideration and selection of facility names. Citizens and/or organizations of Troup County interested in proposing names for school facilities should submit their suggestions in writing to the Superintendent of Schools by completing a Naming of Facilities Request Form. All name suggestions will receive fair and equitable consideration. The names of schools shall be decided upon by the Board of Education and announced prior to the opening of the new facility.”
In other business that night, the board moved on to the approval of out of state interscholastic activities. From there, the board examined their meeting dates for 2018, went over their continuous school improvement plan (a living document that the board and staff are always improving), and extended the TAD agreement on a piece of property near the new Great Wolf Lodge. The board, the city council, and the county commission all approved this extension this week.
The board also approved on that night a revision to the board policy IHDA to keep in line with state rules stating that: “No local school system that received funding under this article shall exclude eligible high school students taking one or more dual credit courses pursuant to the Code section from eligibility determinations for valedictorian and salutatorian of a participating eligible high school; provided, however, that this shall not apply to a high school student who moves into the local school system after his or her sophomore year and has not taken any courses on site at the participating eligible high school.”
There was also some discussion that night on the new athletic facilities at both LaGrange and Troup High Schools. The project at Troup has moved into pre-construction with LaGrange still in the planning stages. The staff is working hard to keep the projects on time and under budget. The board also approved and adopted resolutions for completion of the Reflooring and Relighting Project at Gardner Newman Middle School and the HVAC Project at Hillcrest Elementary School. Lastly, they also approved repairs for the canopy at Troup High School in the amount of $46,945.