SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board will consider a project to replace all exterior windows in the main building at Salisbury Secondary School.
The addition will be discussed at the Monday board meeting at the Wallace Educational Forum. The meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. and can also be listened to online via vimeo.com/rssboe.
RSS operations manager Anthony Vann said the project will replace the windows and exterior doors of the main school building, but not the school’s auxiliary buildings.
Vann said some of the windows in the main building are original from the 1926 installation and while some windows have been replaced, they were put out decades ago and the windows have come a long way since then.
The $1.8 million project would be funded by federal COVID-19 relief money, and Vann said the project is expected to save a minimum of 10% on the school’s electricity costs. He said the project is also expected to improve comfort levels in the school by keeping indoor temperatures more constant.
The board will consider contracting with Carolina Classic Window and Glass, who submitted the lowest bid for the project.
Other items on the agenda:
• Council will consider increasing the activity bus reimbursement rate from $1.25 per mile to $2.
The district hasn’t increased the cost in at least 10 years, and the administration says rising fuel and service costs for buses justify the increase. RSS currently has the lowest activity bus reimbursement rate of any of its neighboring neighborhoods.
Vann said the Department of Transportation charges schools the cost when they use the buses, and the reason the expense is charged per school is to separate state money from local money. The state pays for the yellow buses that take students to school every day.
“The district provides a stipend to high schools and a small amount of money to colleges for athletics,” Vann said.
• The board will consider approving $190,000 over three contracts to continue the services the district receives from Education Resource Group for its laboratory school at Koontz Elementary.
The contracts, funded by a federal grant paying for lab school programs, pay for a coaching model used in the lab school and ERG’s coaching consultants.
• The board will consider updating the calendar for the upcoming school year to add an additional day of online learning on March 7th. The extra date was requested by high school principals and high school students would still report to school for the statewide ACT test day. .
• The Board will review its annual Memorandum of Understanding with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The agreement outlines cooperative programs between the district and the college.
• The board will consider approving tuition fees for the upcoming school year. Fees have not been changed.