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School system awards thousands of grants, more at school board meeting – LaGrange Daily News

At the start of the Troup County School Board meeting Thursday night, Superintendent Brian Shumate announced that the school system had received two grants from the Callaway Foundation.

Shumate, who said he had just opened the foundation’s letters just before the meeting, said the grants would pay for new band uniforms at Callaway High School and new instruments for the orchestra program at the school system.

The Callaway Foundation has donated $20,000 for the band’s CHS uniforms, which will be added to the $25,000 already raised by the band’s booster club.

According to earlier reports, the CHS band uniforms are over 20 years old.

The foundation also awarded $92,550 for new instruments for the school system‘s orchestra program. TCSS has been working to expand its Strings Attached program into elementary, middle and high schools, Shumate said.

“It’s not for the staff, it’s for the instruments. String instruments are not cheap,” Shumate said. “The Callaway Foundation is certainly a good partner.”

In other actions during the meeting:

  • The school board voted to approve the financial audit report for the 2021 fiscal year as presented by Mauldin & Jenkins, who presented the report at Monday night’s business session. Mauldin & Jenkins issued a favorable opinion. There were two findings during the audit – one was a keying error on an invoice date (2022 was typed in instead of 2021) – and the other was a purchase of Chromebooks which, as a total purchase, exceeded $5,000 and had to be recorded as working capital.
  • The board voted to approve the purchase of intercom systems for nine schools in the district for a total of $690,333.04.
  • Schools receiving new intercoms are Berta Weatersbee, Burwell Academy, Callaway Middle, Franklin Forest, Hillcrest, Hollis Hand, Long Cane Elementary, Long Cane Middle and Rosemont. Human resources recommendations included accepting the retirement of Clearview Elementary principal Debra Brock and Hogansville Elementary principal Gina Turner. Both come into effect on June 30. The report also says Callaway Middle School principal Amy Thornton will be a K-12 bond next year.
  • JThe board approved renewal of its West Georgia RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency) membership at a cost of $42,486.50. TCSS benefits from the vocational training and other consultancy services of RESA as well as the advantages of a purchasing cooperative. Southern A&E was selected as the architect to complete the design work for the new softball/baseball locker rooms and washrooms at Troup High School and the new car lanes at Long Cane Elementary School.

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