CONYERS — The Rockdale County Board of Education has approved several purchases and program renewals that have a financial impact of more than $1.7 million.

These purchases include:

♦ A new vehicle for the superintendent’s use that is not to exceed the cost of $43,579. Dr. Terry Oatts' current vehicle was purchased in the 2016 school year. Based on the school system’s vehicle replacement plan, this vehicle should be replaced based on the mileage and the years in service, according to the school system.

♦ The purchase of McGraw-Hill: Reading Wonders for kindergarten, totaling $142,551.60. Adoption is contingent upon the approval of the contract by the general counsel and the superintendent. Reading Wonders is closely aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence for English Language Arts. It is an integrated literacy program designed to build a strong reading foundation in reading and language arts. Components are available in print/digital format.

♦ The superintendent also recommended the purchase of Rosetta Stone, totaling $145,986.30. The program would be used to provide and support foreign language learning/enrichment opportunities at two pilot elementary schools.

♦ Next on the language arts list was the purchase of Saxon Phonics and Spelling refill materials, totaling $82,370.60. Previously, all K-2 classrooms received Saxon Phonics and Spelling student kits and fluency readers to conduct explicit and systematic phonics instruction. A portion of the kits are consumable and need to be replaced yearly.

The coard also agreed to purchase three Science Instructional Resources. The RCPS Science Learning Resources Adoption Steering committee was comprised of teachers from each of the district’s 21 schools. The selection process included teacher evaluations, publisher presentations and opportunities for stakeholder input. After reviewing the samples and comparing instructional resources to the new Science Georgia Standards of Excellence requirements, the Steering Committee recommends the following resources for Milestone courses:

♦ Grades 4 and 5: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — Georgia Science Hybrid $188,196.76

♦ Grade 6: McGraw-Hill – Earth and Space IScience $127,428.24

Similar to the science materials, the Board also agreed to purchase three social studies learning resources:

♦ Pearson: Government in America: People, Politics, & Policy (print and digital), totaling $43,748.82.

♦ U.S. History: Pearson United States History, Survey Edition $88,224.90

♦ Economics: Pearson Economics $82,845.93

Each resource was recommended by the Social Studies Resource Steering committee.

♦ Purchase of 200 Dell OptiPlex 5260 All in One desktops for $152,000. This is the sustainment portion of the district’s technology plan. Desktops are planned for use on a five-year replacement cycle. A five-year warranty is purchased for all desktops. This purchase will complete the replacement of all administrative office desktops. The purchase will be made using the Dell State contract.

After approving the new purchases, the board approved several program renewals:

♦ Renewal of Achieve3000 to provide literacy licenses, totaling at $59,836.40. High schools will receive licenses for Achieve3000’s differentiated literacy program to provide leveled nonfiction articles and support literacy instruction.

♦ Renewal of Edgenuity as a digital content platform for grades 6 through 12, totaling $160,000.00. The contract was approved during the request for proposal process in May 2017. Edgenuity is an online learning solution that provides customizable curriculum for blended and personalized learning, unit/standard recovery, and credit recovery.

♦ Renewal of Renaissance Learning’s STAR 360 as a universal reading and math screener, totaling $227,283.03. Renaissance Learning’s STAR 360 measures reading comprehension and math achievement levels of elementary, middle and high school students. Assessment data will be used to inform instruction and differentiated interventions.

♦ Renewal of ThinkCERCA to provide writing licenses, totaling $207,981.00. ThinkCERCA is designed to support schools and districts in increasing student achievement in reading and writing across disciplines through rigorous, differentiated content and instruction for English language arts, social studies, science and math.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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