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The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education approved the purchase of social media monitoring software at Monday night’s board meeting.

Iredell-Statesville Schools Executive Director of Technology and Media Services David Edwards said the software, Gaggle Safety Management for Google, “provides the most robust and proactive set of services that allow the monitoring of all student systems within the Iredell-Statesville Schools.”

Edwards said Gaggle will only monitor district-owned computers and software.

After discussing the software, the board approved the purchase 4-2 for $111,630 with Bill Howell and Ken Poindexter voting no due to privacy concerns. The software will be purchased by Iredell County using its safety funds.

In other board news:

» The board was presented with a revised policy on school safety meant to address the issues the board dealt with on May 1 when the district was forced to close due to low staff numbers because of the teachers’ march on Raleigh.

The revised policy states “The principal and the administration of each school shall be responsible for the appropriate number of staff required to operate the school efficiently and safely.”

It also adds under section A. Supervision of Students, “The principal or the principal’s designee must ensure that all positions are adequately staffed before granting leave.”

The policy was brought forward for a first reading Monday. A vote will take place after the second reading at next month’s board of education meeting.

» The board pushed back discussion and a vote on moving the public comment portion of the board of education meetings to the beginning of the meetings to October.

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