Additionally, the board agreed to continue improvements at the Medlin School property following some concerns from nearby residents.
Trustees agreed to allocate money to plant some additional trees around the facility, remove barbed wire from the existing fence, and proceed with building a bus shelter for the district’s eight activity buses.
All of the district’s schools will be getting upgraded cabling and access points over the summer for improved internet service.
The total project will cost $323,327. The Department of Public Instruction and E-Rate will cover most of the cost.
The district will only have to pay $28,564 for this project.
The existing Manning Elementary will not be part of the upgrades since the new elementary school will include them.
“This will greatly improve wireless service in every classroom for our students,” said Tommy Britton, finance director.
Trustees also honored several students and staff members.
Competing in the Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge, fourth-grader Julia Curtis earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet.
Nationally, only 27 fourth-graders achieved a perfect score.
Other students in Roanoke Rapids Graded School District who achieved outstanding scores in the first meet include fourth-graders Mary Foster, Kamdyn Jean and Jake Wynne, each scoring 19.
Nationally, only 74 fourth-graders achieved this score.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Shelia Williams.
Also achieving outstanding scores were seventh-graders Isaiah Alston and and McKenzie Perry, each scoring 19.
Nationally, only 66 seventh-graders achieved this score.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Shannon Dickinson.
ESL Teacher Heather Wynn, and RRHS School Counselor Angie Lassiter were honored for completing their national board recertification and several board members were also honored.
Board members Valencia Davis, Cathy Keeter and Michael Williams earned certification from the North Carolina School Board Association.