School board to discuss improving security fencing at Salisbury High – Salisbury Post

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SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Schools administration will discuss adding additional fencing at Salisbury High School on Monday.

The district school board will consider two options: 920 feet of fence with an estimated cost of $552,900 or 536 feet with an estimated cost of $386,300.

The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Wallace Educational Forum. The meeting can be attended in person or viewed online at vimeo.com/rssboe.

The decorative fence for the most expensive option would add the section of fence needed to enclose the campus section, including the cafeteria and music buildings along Caldwell Road and a security gate on Taylor Street, which leads to the stadium from school. All parking lots would remain open.

The cheapest option would remove the large section of fencing between Caldwell Road and Taylor Street, leaving the lawn open and instead fencing directly from the main building to the music building and cafeteria.

A presentation to show the board includes photos of existing fencing on the Salisbury campus as well as examples of other security fencing at other nearby secondary schools.

Other items on the agenda:

• Council will consider a few matters from its previous meeting. He has requested more information for a $1.8million window replacement project at Salisbury High School and will discuss the project for a second time on Monday. The council also called for a review of proposed increases to activity bus mileage rates, expressing concerns that a sudden and large increase in costs would be difficult for schools.

The new recommendation would increase the mileage rate in stages, starting with an increase from $1.25 per mile to $1.50 beginning July 1 and increasing from $1.50 to $1.75 per mile beginning July 1 of next year.

• The board will consider extending its business planning software contract with Serenic for one year at a cost of $121,000.

• The board will consider extending its contract with Instructure for the use of its Canvas education management software. The one-year extension would result in a cost of $109,000.

• Administration will recommend the council’s contract with Blackboard for its web services at $59,000, which will include a small amount of savings from the district’s current contract.

• The board will review the results of an audit of the program funded by a federal grant it was awarded in late 2020. The audit was conducted to obtain teacher feedback on program purchases made by the district.

• The board will consider an updated code of conduct that includes tougher consequences for vaping as well as revised definitions of harassment and disruptive behavior.

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