DeKalb County Schools hires press secretary

DeKalb County School District Administration and Instructional Complex on Mountain Industrial Boulevard in Stone Mountain. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA — At the DeKalb County Board of Education’s March 14 meeting, the board approved the hiring of Carla Smith as Executive Director of Vendor Services and Dr. Eric Porter as Press Secretary.

Dr. Joyce Morley was the dissenting vote in both cases, saying that she felt the district’s administration was top heavy and she did not feel that the district needed a press secretary.

The bulk of the meeting was taken up with requests for contract and expenditure approvals from various district departments.

– The Board approved a contract renewal with Garda CL Southeast, Inc. to provide district wide armored car and ancillary services. The period of the contract runs March 29, 2022 through March 28, 2023 and the total amount is estimated to be $470,000.

– The Board also approved a telecommunications billing review with S2K Consulting, Inc. through June 30, 2022. The contract provides billing error detection which is paid for with a percentage of the funds recovered. The amount to be recovered to date is $608,477.88 for a total cost of $212,967.26.

– The Board approved the renewal of an asset management software subscription from Frontline Education (formerly Hayes Software Systems). The cost of the annual subscription is $152,312.25. Additionally, it is requested that the Board of Education approve an add-on feature for better integration with Munis, at a cost of $9,500.00.  The total amount is $161,812.25.

 – The Board approved the emergency purchase of 15,000 COVID-19 Rapid Test-At-Home test kits from Heritage Pharma Group at a cost of $127,500.00.

– The Board approved a contract for district graduation audio visual services  to Real Eyes Production in an amount not to exceed $250,000.  This would be an initial one-year contract with three one-year renewal options.

– The Board approved the purchase of professional services to support modernization of the district’s technology infrastructure with GreenPages Technology Solutions in an amount not to exceed $2,771,062.00.

– The Board authorized payment for services in an amount not to exceed $82,303.79 to PowerSchool for professional development management services.

– The Board approved a contract for applicant tracking, absence management, professional development management, and employee evaluation management services with Frontline Education in an amount not to exceed $571,595.86. This amount represents an annual subscription.

The Board authorized a spend increase for athletic equipment and uniforms from the current spend limit of $600,000 to $825,000.

This additional $225,000 is to cover the cost of fall sports uniforms and equipment (football, volleyball, softball, cross country and flag football) for DCSD student-athletes for the 2022-2023 school year. The bids for uniforms and equipment were awarded to BSN Sports, East Bay, Riddell, and Schutt Sports.

– The Board approved the continued use of U.S. Communities Agreement, CINTAS Corporation Contract No. R-BB-19002, for the rental of uniforms for Maintenance, Fleet, and AIC custodial staff.  The contract will run one additional year through March 31, 2023 for an amount not to exceed $225,000.

– The Board authorized the district to use a cooperative agreement with Mobile Modular Management Corporation to install fire sprinkler systems in accordance with the new Georgia State Fire Marshal requirements and refurbish portable classrooms. The project will cost a fixed price amount of $1,225,125.00.

– The Board approved the purchase of lighting from Graybar Electric Company, Inc. via an agreement issued through the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance Contract No. EV2370 for an amount not to exceed $250,000.00.

The Board of Education approved an independent contract agreement with RAM Enterprises for the purchase and installation of Mondo flooring in the weight room at Lithonia High School in the amount of $58,225.00.

– The Board approved contracts for custodial equipment with Veritiv Operating Company and W. W. Grainger in an amount not to exceed $500,000.

– The Board approved contracts for custodial supplies with Buckeye Atlanta, Zep, Veritiv Operating Company, and Galco in an amount not to exceed $2 million.

– The Board declined to approve a contract for lawn and landscaping services to Yellowstone Landscape SE, LLC. in an amount not to exceed $3.5 million.  Board members asked for a more detailed description of the services being carried out.

– The Board approved the purchase of PPE Supplies from State of Georgia MRO Contract, TIPS Cooperative Agreement, OMNIA Partners and Sourcewell Cooperative Agreement for an amount not to exceed $2,000,000.

– The Board approved contracts for district-wide furniture, fixtures & equipment to Corporate Environments of Georgia, Ernie Morris Enterprises, Georgia Specialty Equipment, LLC., Georgia Specialty Equipment, HCONE International Implex LLC., Lakeshore Learning Materials LLC., and School Specialty LLC. in an amount not to exceed $1.1 million.

– The Board approved a contract renewal for GPS technology systems with Education Logistics, Inc.(EDULOG) for an annual cost of $796,632.

– The Board of Education approved the purchase of furniture, fixtures and equipment to support the instructional and administrative programs for the renovation at the Green Forrest Drive Facility Project at a cost not to exceed $300,000.00.

– The School Nutrition Services department requested Board approval for an agreement between DeKalb County School District (School Nutrition Services) and the DeKalb County Government to serve as the vendor for the 2022 summer feeding program. This program provides meals to DeKalb County students throughout the summer. Anticipated revenue for this program is $446,484.04.

– The Board also approved a Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Equipment Assistance Grant in the amount of $48,995.39 for Canby Lane Elementary School, School Year (SY) 2020-2021. The fund period runs from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2022 and allows the school to purchase new food service equipment.

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