I-SS Board agrees to $300K settlement with Cal State Electronics
Chairman Martin Page honored Vice Chairman Chuck Gallyon for his recent recognition as Citizen of the Year for the Town of Troutman. Gallyon, who is a veteran, stays engaged in the community through his work as a school board member, as well as civic groups and volunteerism.
BY KARISSA MILLER
The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education has signed off on a legal settlement with Cal State Electronics Inc., ending a dispute over whether Cal State underpaid the district in the purchase of used laptop computers.
According to the Memorandum of Meditated Settlement approved by the school board on Monday, both I-SS and Cal State will release each other from liability and agree to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the school district.
Cal State has agreed to pay I-SS an additional $300,000 over the next 50 days. The full settlement means Cal State will pay a total of $2.6 million for the used student laptop computers.
“The total value of the resale topped $2.6 million, which was well beyond our projected proceeds. We’re glad to resolve this issue on mutually agreeable terms,” Superintendent Brady Johnson said.
In Other Business
Also, during Monday’s meeting, the board:
► Approved FWA Group, Jim Palmieri and Gary Land, for architectural services for the renovation of Statesville Middle School. They will partner with Consultant Engineering Service, Chris Stroupe, PE. Both firms have a long-standing history with I-SS on school projects.
According to I-SS Director of Construction and Facilities Use Rob Jackson, the architectural fees will be based on the final design amount for construction. project cost is unknown at this time, but will be paid out of money set aside by the district in the capital budget.
► Approved the $11.5 million proposed capital budget for 2019-2020. Last year’s budget was $10.3 million. The recommended capital allocations are as follows:
• Debt Service/Land: $100,000
• Annual Renovations: $4.8 million
• Roofing: $925,000
• Vehicles: $435,000
• Paving: $900,000
• Furniture/Equipment: $4.3 million
► Approved a Memorandum of Agreement with Iredell County for the use of facilities by community-based recreational sports teams, effective July 1, 2019. I-SS has agreed to allow the county to use I-SS facilities for its county-sponsored recreational programs in exchange for annual payment of $25,000. The county is also responsible for providing normal field maintenance of facilities used for games and practices.
► Approved the Academically Intellectually Gifted Local Plan for the 2019-2020 school year. The six standards the plan addresses are as follows:
• Comprehensive Programming with Total School Community
• Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
• Personnel and Professional Development
• Program Accountability.
► The board approved the local 2019-2020 Career and Technical Education plan. CTE, offered for both middle and high school students, prepares students for jobs through technical education courses and helps students make career decisions.
► Approved the appointment of Dr. Steve Hill to the Mitchell Community College Board of Trustees for another four-year term. Hill retired from I-SS in 2008 with 30 years of services to the district.
► Heard a first reading on several policies regarding finance and purchasing. These policies can be viewed on the district’s website and will sit for 30 days for review and questions. Visit https://boardpolicyonline.com/bl/?b=iredell
► Approved the facilities use agreements with five local churches. The churches include:
• Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship-Coddle Creek
• Common Cross Church-Lake Norman Elementary
• West UMC-Lake Norman High School
• Refuge Church-North Iredell Middle
• Collide Church-Union Grove Elementary
The next meeting is June 3 at ADR Education Center, 410 Garfield Street, Statesville, at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and can also be viewed live on the I-SS Facebook page.