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Construction needs on school agenda

By Sarah Nagem
snagem@salisburypost.com
The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education is scheduled to talk about its construction needs on Monday.
A new Knox Middle School tops the list, followed by a new Cleveland Elementary.
Combined, those two projects would cost about $40 million, according to the list Assistant Superintendent of Operations Gene Miller will present to the school board Monday.
Other projects on the list include additional classroom space, gymnasiums and new schools.
A separate needs list, based on health and safety issues, includes a new Woodleaf Elementary School and a central administration office.
Woodleaf faces water issues at its current location, Miller has said. The wells don’t supply much water, forcing workers to pump the wells frequently.
School officials have said they are worried about the safety conditions of the administration office on Long Street in East Spencer.
School leaders are scheduled to meet with a committee of county leaders Wednesday to talk about the need for a central office. A new facility would combine the Ellis Street offices and the Long Street offices.
School board members last revised the construction priority list in February.
On Monday, the school board will also discuss its budget. The board approved a budget resolution in June, but at that time it was unclear how much the school system would get from the state.
Also during the meeting, board members will hear a request from West Rowan High School Principal Jamie Durant. West wants to host its graduation ceremonies on its campus.
The school board meeting will be Monday at 110 S. Long St. in East Spencer. A closed session will begin at 5 p.m., and the open session will start at 6.

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