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Board member Todd Carver speaks at Monday's school board meeting.

A nearly $169,000 state grant will add school resource officers and enhance communication devices for Iredell-Statesville Schools security staff on school campuses.

The I-SS Board of Education voted unanimously at its meeting Monday to accept the state safety grant.

Kenny Miller, assistant superintendent for facilities and planning, said that about $102,000 of the grant would be used for equipment that would enhance the signal strength of communications devices for I-SS security staff on school campuses.

Richard Armstong, assistant superintendent of operations, said that the rest of the grant would be used for additional school resource officers. Armstrong said that it is yet to be determined which schools the SROs would be assigned to.

Armstrong said he wants to discuss, at a future date, what the responsibilities of the school system and law enforcement are regarding SROs before allocating the funding.

Miller and Armstrong said that the funds from the safety grant must be allocated by June 30.

Board member Todd Carver made the motion to accept the grant while the details regarding allocation are yet to be determined.

Board member Samuel Kennington gave an update on the search for a replacement for Superintendent Brady Johnson, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Kennington said that the period for accepting applications for the new I-SS superintendent has closed and that the board would review the applications this month.

Kennington said that there were 15 inquiries into the position. Twelve of them were completed applications and the other three were incomplete. Interviews will take place in March and will conclude March 26.

It was the last school board meeting for Associate Superintendent Melanie Taylor as she is retiring Feb. 24 after nearly 29 years at I-SS.

Andrew Mehall, principal at Cloverleaf Elementary School, complimented Taylor.

“You make work easier because of the knowledge you have, and you make everything you do a priority for every kid in the school,” Mehall said.

Vice Chairman Chuck Gallyon said that there will be a celebration for Taylor from 3 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Unity Center.

“I will continue to be watching what’s going on in the school district and paying attention, and I’ll continue to be an advocate for public schools in Iredell County,” Taylor said.

Martin Page, chairman of the board, did not attend the meeting as he was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack, Gallyon announced at the beginning of the meeting. The heart attack occurred after Page had two stents implanted earlier this month.

In other business:

» The planned discussion of the I-SS employee wellness clinic was tabled to a future date as Alvera Lesane, associate superintendent for human resources, plans to meet with community partners before presenting a detailed proposition to the board.

The wellness clinic, which Lesane has said would provide primary care to I-SS employees at a reduced cost, was discussed previously at the Feb. 3 committee of the whole meeting.

The board at that meeting said it wanted more information before approving any measures to proceed with the project.

» The board unanimously approved of the Lake Norman High School trip to Denmark in March.

Sixteen students will travel on the school-funded trip.

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