School board to discuss alternate sites for new West Rowan school

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 13, 2016

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will discuss an alternate site for the consolidated West Elementary School on Monday. No other information is provided on the board’s online agenda.

The board will meet Monday at 1 p.m. in the boardroom at the Wallace Educational Forum.

Up for consideration is a proposal to use a contracted service to acquire substitutes. Currently, the system has about 450 substitute teachers, according to an attachment on the online agenda. Using a service could increase that number to 600. System substitutes are only allowed to work four days a week due to hour restrictions placed by the Affordable Care Act — any employee working 30 or more hours must receive health insurance. A contract service providing benefits would remove that burden from the school system and allow substitutes to work more than four days a week. It would also save the system man-hours in vetting and training new substitutes.

A previously approved efficiency study conducted by School Efficiency Consultants has identified nearly $1 million in potential savings in the school system’s personnel fund. When waivers are obtained from the department of public instruction, the savings will be split between the Title 1 fund for community involvement and a local fund. The system would pay School Efficiency Consultants 15 percent of the total realized savings.

In other business the board will:

  • Begin preparations for the 2016-2017 budget.
  • Discuss community use of school facilities.
  • Consider the approval of an audit contract with Rives and Associates, LP for an audit of the 2015-2016 fiscal year.