The Troup County Board of Education is expected Thursday to appoint Allen Simpson, who resigned from the board in November, back to the District 1 seat.
Simpson stepped down while the board was redrawing its members’ district lines, when he discovered his residence was outside District 1, which he was elected to represent. Part of the board’s changes in district lines put Simpson’s home back into District 1. Those changes recently were given final approval after being passed by the state legislature and the U.S. Department of Justice.
School board attorney John Taylor said the board can hold a special election to fill the remaining two years of Simpson’s term, but that election will have to coincide with a general election in November. Until the election, the board has the power to appoint someone to fill that seat.
Taylor said the board did not move to appoint anyone before the district lines were approved to avoid the possibility of the lines being changed and the appointee being rendered ineligible.
Board chairman John Darden said he had spoken to Simpson, who was willing to again take the seat for District 1. He recommended the board appoint him at its Thursday meeting. The board also is expected Thursday to adopt a resolution asking Probate Judge Donald Boyd to hold the special election in November to fill the remaining two years on the District 1 seat.
Other items the board is expected to vote on Thursday include:
•Formal adoption of the fiscal year 2013 general fund and food service budgets.
•An annual license agreement for the Infinite Campus software for $90,907.20, an increase of $367.20 over last year from an increase of 51 students.
•Approving Hutchinson Traylor Insurance as the liability and automobile insurance carrier for fiscal year 2013 at a cost of $307,015.
•Purchasing $62,040 in furniture from Vicro Manufacturing Inc. for middle and high school classrooms.
•Purchasing $1,089,950.82 in fuel from Hawkins Oil Company for the upcoming fiscal year.
•Purchase retread and new tires from North Georgia Tire of Cartersville for the next fiscal year at a cost of $60,133.95.
•A three-year contract with G & K services of Atlanta to provide uniforms to transportation, maintenance, technology and custodial employees at a total costs of $33,300 for the first year.
•Purchasing $193,346 in food-service equipment from Baring Industries Inc. of Downer’s Grove, Ill., to replace equipment that is inoperable or failing.