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School board to discuss law enforcement coverage at elementary schools

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will meet Monday at 1 p.m. for its October work session.

The board will discuss options for law enforcement coverage at local elementary schools for the remainder of the school year. At the end of the 2017-18 year, as well as at the beginning of the current school year, the board approved monies to fund part-time, off-duty law enforcement officers at area elementary schools.

The funding was considered a stop-gap measure until the school system and local law enforcement could work out an agreement for full-time School Resource Officers at elementary schools. The process is taking longer than anticipated, however, and the district must now make the decision about whether they want to continue to fund off-duty officers at local schools for the rest of the school year.

Staff recommend adding part-time, off duty officers for four hours a day, four days a week. District staff estimate this would cost $239,600 to fund through June 2019.

The board will also discuss the findings of the Capital Needs Committee, which met during 2017, and gave recommendations to the board at a September 2017 meeting. The committee’s goal was to assess the district’s more than $2 million in capital needs and to come up with solutions.

A joint meeting between The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education and the Salisbury City Council will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. No topic is listed on the agenda.

The board will meet Monday at 1 p.m. in the Wallace Educational Forum board room, 500 N. Main St.

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