Rowan County’s (N.C.) Board of Education wants the city of Salisbury to pony up $1 million to assist with construction of a new central office for the school system.
The Board of Education is hoping to receive at least $500,000 from the city for the $7.98 million project, which will be located on the 500 block of N. Main St., the Salisbury Post reported.
The school board is requesting in-kind contributions from the city for work on parking lots, storm drainage, sidewalks and other items, according to a letter from Board Chairman Richard Miller.
In addition, the board is requesting the installation of a metal dome on the top of the central office, which will cost of $341,000.
“Assistance, from the City of Salisbury … would be paramount to the successful completion of the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Central Services project,” the letter states. The board has made a total request for $1.02 million of in-kind contributions from the city.
The Board of Education approved construction bids for the central office on Nov. 6, and City Council supports the plan to locate the building near downtown, the Salisbury Post said.
“Quite simply, the local economy will benefit through the economic activity generated by the construction of a new central office. Also, businesses within the immediate proximity of the new central office will likely see a tangible increase in economic activity,” according an economic-impact study conducted by the county’s economic development agency.