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Rowan-Salisbury school board to meet with City Council

By Maggie Blackwell
For the Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will meet Monday to consider a number of items.

Members of the Salisbury City Council will join the board to discuss how best to support schools in the city.

According to a city staff member, this was a goal identified during the City Council’s annual planning retreat.

The school system’s chief financial officer, Carol Herndon, will present the findings of an audit. The audit concluded that financial statements were presented in accordance with financial reporting policies.

Kristi Rhone, RSS human resources director, will clarify hiring requirements for teachers under the renewal district plan.

Assistant Superintendent Anthony Vann will present a priority list of schools’ heating and air conditioning needs. The list includes 20 schools and district controls at a total cost of a little more than $8 million.

Principal Marvin Moore of Isenberg Elementary School will present a proposal to begin a dual-immersion program at the school next year. Students could elect to receive half their instruction in Spanish.

Principal Michael Cortwright of Knox Middle School will discuss the concept of lead teachers.

Vann will discuss the process of selecting an architectural firm for a new school, as well as the selection process for architects for a new gym at Salisbury High School. Two architectural companies were selected for the projects.

Vann also will present a capital consolidation plan.

As students and teachers prepare to move into the new West Elementary School, the board will discuss how to compensate teachers for moving over Christmas break. Herndon has put the cost of paying all staff, including benefits, for one day at $20,000.

The school board will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the Wallace Educational Forum board room, 500 N. Main St.

The meeting will begin with a closed session. Public comment is open at 6 p.m.

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