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School board to begin budget planning

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will begin its 2017-18 budget preparations Monday.

According to the board’s online agenda, system staff have submitted $1.7 million in budget requests. These requests include continuing the position of a teacher recruiter and risk management assistant, hiring two additional school nurses, hiring a school resource officer for Henderson Independent High School and covering parking fees. The amount also includes local funding owed to charter schools and covering the current cost of the transportation budget.

The agenda also includes a letter from the school system to the Rowan County Board of Commissioners for the 2016-17 fiscal year, in which the district requested $35.8 million in operational funds, including a $2.8 million amount to apply towards salary and supplement increases.

The letter also mentions the district’s nearly $24 million in capital needs including roofing and paving, and discusses creating a long-range plan to tackle the issues.

The board’s March work session will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the Wallace Educational Forum board room, 500 N. Main St.

In other business the board:

  • Will receive an update on the Knox Center for Accelerated Studies.
  • Discuss student fees for the upcoming school year.

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