Iredell-Statesville Schools is holding its monthly board of education meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the Career Academy and Technical School in Troutman.
Among the items on the meeting’s agenda are the continued discussion of an employee wellness clinic, a vote on the use of funds under a state safety grant, an update on the superintendent search for I-SS, and a board vote on a Denmark trip for Lake Norman High School students.
The discussion of the employee wellness clinic is a continuation of the Feb. 3 Committee of the Whole meeting where Alvera Lesane, associate superintendent for human resources at I-SS, gave a presentation on the potential clinic that would provide primary care to I-SS employees. Lesane said the clinic would provide reduced health-care costs to employees.
Some of the board members voiced concerns about the costs associated with such a clinic. Lesane is expected to present more cost details at Monday’s meeting.
Richard Armstrong, assistant superintendent of operations at I-SS, will present details on how I-SS intends to use $168,696 in funds it was awarded in December under the 2019 School Safety Grants Program. The board will vote on the motion at Monday’s meeting.
I-SS intends to use the funds for additional School Resource Officers and school safety equipment, according to a letter from Armstrong to the board.
If the motion is passed, I-SS would place additional SROs at seven I-SS elementary schools — Scotts, Sharon, Cool Spring, Harmony, Shepherd, Lakeshore and Woodland Heights.
Those schools currently share an SRO with other elementary schools, Armstrong wrote in the letter.
Armstrong wrote that if the SROs were placed at the schools that it “would increase student support, improve school climate and identify and address barriers to school safety.”
I-SS would also install booster antennas at 11 I-SS campuses in the county, if the motion is passed, according to the letter.
Armstrong wrote that it was determined at a live training exercise, conducted by local law enforcement, that these 11 campuses “have discernible gaps in communication coverage for either cell service, emergency radio frequencies or both.”
Armstrong estimated that each antenna would cost between $25,000 and $45,000 depending on the coverage needed and the size of the site.
To assist in the funding for these antennas, Armstrong wrote that I-SS is requesting additional funds from the school system budget and from Iredell County.
Armstrong wrote that the total funding for antenna installations would be $102,030 based on the $5-per-student guideline.
Also at the meeting, the board will discuss and give updates on the I-SS superintendent search. Current Superintendent Brady Johnson has said he plans to retire at the end of this school year.
The board will also vote on a Denmark trip for Lake Norman High students, according to the meeting’s agenda.
The trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, would take place from March 6 to March 18. The trip would be for 16 students.