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School board to discuss selling devices

SALISBURY — With county approval for a lease renewal with Apple, Inc., the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education is beginning to strategize what to do with its current stock of laptops and iPads.

The lease, approximately $13 million over three years, will be partially covered by funds the school system will receive from finding a new home for the old devices. The board will discuss exactly how it wants to proceed with the sale of those devices at its regular work session on Monday.

According to the board’s agenda, there are several options: the board could choose to sell the devices back to the vendor, to hold a public auction, to accept sealed bids or to accept upset bids. Staff will recommend Monday that the board accept upset bids to counter an offer received for $3.1 million.

The lot includes approximately 23,895 devices which are roughly three years old. All equipment would be sold as-is.

The board could choose to accept or reject this proposal Monday. The work session will be held at 1 p.m. in the Wallace Educational Forum board room, 500 N. Main St.

In other business, the board:

  • Will consider establishing an employee assistance program. The program would provide confidential mental health services to employees struggling with grief or loss, relationship problems, work related stress, drug or alcohol problems, financial stress, anxiety or depression and other situations. District staff estimate that only three percent of employees would need to utilize the program, if approved.
  • Will discuss budget requests for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
  • Will discuss the replacement of chiller units at Jesse Carson High School.
  • Will discuss athletic admission policies for student athletes entering athletic events.
  • Will consider how to proceed in regards to finding a vendor to conduct student assessments.

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