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From left, longtime Allatoona Elementary Principal Jim Bishop will be transferring to become principal of Euharlee Elementary and join Assistant Principal Amanda Elrod at the southwest Bartow school. 

Bartow’s school board has voted to extend its superintendent’s employment contract and install new leadership at two elementary schools for the coming year.

It also approved funding for the installation of new scoreboards with video screens at Adairsville, Cass and Woodland high schools’ athletic stadiums by the start of the football season.

The board voted at its regular meeting June 10 to amend Superintendent Phillip Page’s contract and add another year to it.

Bartow school board hired Page in May 2018 but state law limited the board to offering him a contract term no longer than three years, which ended his contract in May 2021, a district spokesperson said.

Page’s contract now will end on June 30, 2022.

Also Monday, the board approved the transfer of Euharlee Elementary School Principal Sharon Collum to the central office as the Bartow County system's executive director of federal programs.

The board also approved the transfer of longtime Allatoona Elementary Principal James Bishop to Euharlee as principal to replace Collum; and Cloverleaf Elementary assistant principal Teri Marley to replace Bishop as principal of Allatoona.

Bishop has been principal at Allatoona in southeastern Bartow County for nine years. Marley taught fourth- through sixth-grade students for two decades in Bartow before going into school administration, the school district said.

In addition, Page announced the Gordon County School Board was set to hire Bartow's chief leadership and learning officer, Kim Fraker, as superintendent of the Calhoun-based system.

Fraker handled much of the system’s day-to-day operations. She came to Bartow in 2015 as chief academic officer after serving as an administrator and teacher in Paulding and Cobb county schools.

Approval of the scoreboards required board members to vote to approve use of $762,000 in special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenues for their purchase and installation, according to board records.

Officials believe the scoreboard parts of the signs will be installed and operating by each high school’s first 2019 home football game, said school system spokesperson Alisha Evans.

First home game dates range from Aug. 23 at Woodland to Sept. 6 at Cass, according to information from MaxPreps.

However, the digital or “video” portion of the scoreboard likely will not begin operating until sometime in September, Evans said.

Page recommended low bidder Miller-VuScor over two other companies for the project.

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