All Bartow high schools will be getting new carpeting installed for the first time — outside on their football fields.
It is among more than $6 million in sales tax-funded purchases that school board members approved to renovate some schools and replace outdated laptop computers used by thousands of students.
The Bartow County School Board on Monday, March 18, voted to approve using $3.1 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds to install artificial turf on the football fields at Adairsville, Cass and Woodland high schools by the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
The money also will be used to replace the running tracks around the Adairsville and Cass football fields.
Four companies submitted bids with Acworth-based Advanced Sports submitting the lowest bid at $2.9 million, said Superintendent Phillip Page.
The additional 5 percent contingency fee — bringing the total to $3.1 million — was to “fast track” the project, according to information given to board members.
The purchase includes an eight-year warranty on the turf and 10-year warranty on the track, said construction manager Pankaj Dalya.
Completion is expected by Aug. 1, Page said. That would have the turf in place for the start of the 2019 football season.
School administrators and members of the public worked to research the artificial turf plan since 2015 “and determined this would be the best choice for our facilities,” Page said.
School districts throughout metro Atlanta throughout the past decade have installed artificial turf because of such benefits as reduction of the extensive wear and tear typically seen on athletic fields with natural surfaces.
The turf allows multiple sports to be played on the fields or during extended periods of rainy weather when maintenance of grass fields can prove difficult.
“The all-weather properties of a turf field allow for more use with no recovery time,” Page said. “This benefits the various groups that use the fields and reduces the maintenance required for upkeep.”
Funding is coming from voter-approved Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
The board also voted to approve $2.7 million in sales tax funds to buy 4,650 new laptop computers for all high school students and 350 teachers from Dell EMC to replace outdated equipment, officials said.
The purchase includes 4,300 laptops for students and 350 for teachers.
Students will have access to Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1 computers “which is the next generation of devices purchased for elementary students last school year,” according to information given to board members. Teachers will use the Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 computer.
The school district began working in 2012 toward making laptops available to every student in grades four through 12. It added third grade to those using the computers and began replacing them in 2017.
Board members also approved the school district spending $56,000 in SPLOST funds to buy more than 6,400 11-inch and 14-inch Belkin laptop covers from CDWG of Vernon Hills, Illinois.
“Laptop bags are essential to protect and transport the 1:1 laptops when they are not in use,” according to information given to board members. “This purchase is one bag for each of the new high school laptops and one grade level of bags for each elementary and middle school.”
Sales tax funding also will be used to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting at three schools.
The board approved Carrollton-based J&R Construction’s bids for Allatoona Elementary School for $1.26 million; Kingston Elementary School for $978,753; and Taylorsville Elementary School for $1.2 million.
Maja Construction and Womack, Lewis & Smith also submitted bids, officials said