SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT
March 15, 2004
The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Yarnell.
Present: Yarnell, Innis, Smith, Falco, and Welch
The Chairman declared a quorum present and opened the meeting for business.
The minutes were reviewed for the February 16, 2004, regular meeting. Innis made the motion, second by Falco, to approve the minutes as written. Passed.
Superintendent Foster presented board members with a revised school calendar for the remainder of this school year (attached). He noted the waiver day for teacher in-service on May 17 was pending approval from the state department. The board approved the schedule changes.
Foster recognized the senior girls basketball team for winning both district and regional tournaments and for their state tournament participation. High School Principal Ken Rich recognized individuals for post-season basketball honors for both junior and senior high girls and commended coaches Casey Scribner and Eric Chambers on their successful season.
Next, Ken Rich announced that Salem students won both junior and senior high divisions at the recent Lyon College Math & Science Competition. He noted that fifteen schools participated and recognized individual students for their top scores (list attached).
Superintendent Foster informed board members of the results from the recent North Central Association evaluation of both the high school and elementary school. The schools were graded and evaluated in all areas including staff, student performance, facilities, etc. Both schools received complimentary reviews.
Smith made a motion, second by Innis to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter. Passed.
The Chairman declared the motion carried at 7:15 p.m.
The board returned to open session at 8:20 p.m.
Superintendent Foster read a letter of resignation from Arlene Humphries (attached) who plans to retire at the end of this school year after 38 years as a Family and Consumer Science teacher, 32 years of which were with Salem School. Innis made the motion, second by Smith to accept the resignation of Arlene Humphries. Passed.
Foster then read a letter of resignation (attached) from Sharon Carpenter who plans to retire at the end of this school year after 24 years as a Business Education teacher, 22 years of which were at Salem School. Innis made the motion, second by Smith to accept the resignation of Sharon Carpenter. Passed.
Superintendent Foster recommended to the board to hire Alanna Russell as Business Education teacher for the 2004/05 school year. Welch made the motion, second by Innis to hire Alanna Russell as recommended. Passed.
Foster also gave the recommendation to hire Chad Mitchell as assistant football coach, head baseball coach, and Social Studies teacher for the 2004/05 school year to replace Wayne Guiltner who was hired as high school principal. Welch made the motion, second by Smith to employ Chad Mitchell as recommended. Passed.
Foster recommended to the board to rehire all current elementary and high school teachers, with the exception of Arlene Humphries and Sharon Carpenter for the 2004/2005 school year (list attached). Innis made the motion, second by Falco to rehire current certified personnel as recommended. Passed.
The financial reports were reviewed.
Superintendent Foster announced that Salem’s Gifted and Talented program was monitored recently and was found to be in compliance in all areas. Teacher Vicki Ragan was commended on her outstanding efforts with the gifted and talented program.
Foster noted that the elementary school raised over $4,000.00 in a benefit basketball tournament held Saturday March 13th on behalf of Dennis Smith, a fifth grade student. He thanked everyone for his or her participation and contributions.
Foster informed the board that Salem would be hosting this year’s High School Baseball and Softball District Tournaments and mentioned the need of obtaining scoreboards for each field. In a monetary allotment from Coca-Cola to the school, two scoreboards could be installed at a cost of just over $8,000.00. Board members agreed to this arrangement.
High school Principal Ken Rich announced that the Salem Band received ratings of Excellent and Superior at a recent Region VIII Band Regional Competition, which has qualified them for state band competition to be held on April 8 in Conway. Plans are also being finalized for their upcoming trip to Orlando, Florida April 1st – April 7th where they will perform.
Smith made the motion, second by Innis to adjourn. Passed.
The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.