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April 2004

 

SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES

SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 19, 2004

The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, April 19, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Yarnell.

ROLL CALL:

Present:  Yarnell, Innis, Smith, Falco, and Welch

Absent:   None

The Chairman declared a quorum present and opened the meeting for business.

The minutes were reviewed for the March 15, 2004, regular meeting.  Welch made the motion, second by Innis, to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Bob Foster discussed with the board the new funding formula for public school districts to take effect for the 2004/2005 school year and the masterís ruling sent back to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Foster also noted improvements to facilities being conducted with the installation of new energy efficient light fixtures in elementary classrooms.  Approximately half of the classrooms have been completed at this time with plans to finish updating fixtures in the remaining rooms over the summer.  He also announced plans to replace doors in the high school building.

High School Principal Ken Rich updated the board with recent student achievements.  Band students participating in the music festival held at Orlando, Florida received a superior rating and brought home a trophy for second place in their division.  Rich congratulated the band and director Mike Cole for their outstanding accomplishments.  He noted that the Salem Lady Hounds Softball team was conference champs.  He also informed the board of the recent FFA judging teams and their advancement to state competition to be held on April 29-30 (list attached).  He noted an outstanding effort from team members and adviser, Larry Langston.

Innis made the motion, second by Smith to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.  Passed.

The Chairman declared the motion carried at 7:40 p.m.

The board returned to open session at 8:20 p.m.

Superintendent Foster read a letter of retirement from teacherís aide Juanita Newman (attached) to be effective at the end of this school year and recommended to the board to accept this proposal.  Smith made the motion, second by Falco to accept Mrs. Newmanís retirement request as presented.  Passed.

Superintendent Foster gave the recommendation to rehire classified personnel for the 2004/2005 school year (list attached).  Falco made the motion, second by Smith to rehire classified personnel for the 2004/2005 school year as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Foster recommended extending a contract to Carol Oliver for the 2004/2005 school year for the Home Economics position at the high school.  Smith made the motion, second by Innis to hire Carol Oliver as recommended for the 2004/2005 year.  Passed.

Superintendent Foster gave the recommendation for a $1,500 salary increase added to the base of the certified teacher salary schedule for the 2003/2004 school year pending a vote by certified staff for approval.  Innis made the motion, second by Falco to give the certified staff a $1,500 salary increase as recommended for the 2003/2004 school year (attached).  Passed.

Next, Foster recommended giving the classified staff an increase of 3% to the base of the classified salary schedule for the 2003/2004 year.  Falco made the motion, second by Smith to give the classified salary increase as recommended for the current year.  Passed.

Foster also give the recommendation to adopt a certified salary schedule to begin the 2004/2005 school year (attached).  Innis made the motion, second by Smith to adopt the beginning 2004/2005 certified schedule as proposed.  Passed.

Superintendent Foster recommended adopting the attached classified schedule for the beginning of the 2004/2005 school year.  Innis made the motion, second by Smith to adopt the beginning 2004/2005 classified schedule as proposed.  Passed.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Foster discussed results from his looking into school property boundaries and updated the board on his findings.  He informed the board of possible future federal grant projects using school property to develop areas into public use.

Principal Ken Rich presented to the board proposed curriculum changes for the high school beginning with the 2004/2005 year.

Rich thanked junior class sponsors, Sue Bicker and Wendall Smith for organizing the recent Junior/Senior prom and congratulated them on their success.

Smith made the motion to adjourn, seconded by Falco.  Passed.

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.