SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT
June 20, 2005
The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Innis.
Present: Innis, Smith, and Falco
Absent: Welch and Yarnell
The Chairman declared a quorum present and opened the meeting for business.
The minutes were reviewed for the May 16, 2005, regular meeting. Smith made the motion, second by Falco, to approve the minutes as written. Passed.
Superintendent Ken Rich presented a proposed budget for 2006/2007 school year for board members to consider (attached). Smith made the motion, second by Falco, to accept the proposed budget for 2005-/007 as recommended. Passed.
Next, Superintendent Rich considered the school’s property and vehicle insurance renewal proposal from Arkansas School Boards’ Association. The premium for the 2005/2006 school year was quoted at $26,305. Supt. Rich gave the recommendation to continue insurance coverage with ASBA as noted. Smith made the motion, second by Falco, to renew coverage for the district’s property and vehicles as recommended. Passed.
Catastrophic student insurance coverage for accidents resulting in medical bills exceeding $25,000 was considered. Superintendent Rich recommended to renew catastrophic student insurance at a cost of $1,050.00 for the 2005/06 school year through the Dwight Jones Agency. Falco made the motion, second by Smith to renew catastrophic student insurance coverage as recommended. Passed.
Yarnell joined the meeting at 7:10 p.m.
Elementary principal David Turnbough presented recommended changes (attached) to the elementary school student handbooks.
Wayne Guiltner, high school principal, presented recommended changes (attached) to the high school student handbooks.
Supt. Rich recommended to adopt changes in the student handbooks as noted. Smith made the motion, second by Falco, to adopt the changes to the student handbooks as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich considered board policy changes (attached). He gave the recommendation to adopt the changes as noted. Yarnell made the motion, second by Smith, to adopt the board policy changes as recommended. Passed.
Principal Wayne Guiltner reported to the board regarding the summer CPEP program for students preparing for the ACT exams. He reported that 22 Salem students and 3 Viola students are participating currently.
Guiltner also reported to board members that the high school is conducting a summer school session for students who failed a particular course during the regular semesters. The courses are web-based and three students have enrolled at this time.
Superintendent Rich reported the status of school plant projects for the summer to the board. The concrete pouring is complete in the school’s storage shed. The elementary school’s remaining lights which have not been changed out are being updated to the more energy efficient type fixtures reducing the number of fixtures while putting out more lighting. The gym floor has been refinished. The bleacher project is on schedule with surface work completed. Concrete will be poured before the bleachers are delivered on July 5th. Student desktops in three classrooms in the high school have been replaced. The distance learning lab is almost complete. All equipment has been installed and the room painted with carpet scheduled to be laid within the week. Ozarka College will offer World Civilization I to seniors this fall using this equipment. The elementary playground is getting a new concrete pad for additional play areas. Custodians are waxing and cleaning on schedule.
Supt. Rich reported of a personnel matter to be discussed. Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell, to go into executive session. Passed.
The Chairman declared the motion carried at 7:40 p.m.
The board returned to open session at 8:05 p.m.
As a result of executive session, Supt. Rich read a letter of resignation from Wilma Cooper effective at the end of June 2005. He recommended to the board to accept Mrs. Cooper’s resignation. Yarnell made the motion, second by Smith, to accept the letter of resignation as noted. Passed.
Supt. Rich gave the recommendation to hire Lucas Morris as Assistant Football and Assistant Baseball Coach and to teach Health and Driver’s Education for the 2005/2006 school year. Smith made the motion, second by Falco to extend a contract to Lucas Morris as recommended. Passed.
Rich also gave the recommendation to hire Kim Smith-Harber as Assistant Softball coach for the 2005/2006 school year. Falco made the motion, second by Smith to hire Kim Smith-Harber as noted. Passed.
The financial reports were reviewed.
Superintendent Rich reported to the board the Lakeview lawsuit is being reopened for investigation and that the two previous masters are assigned to review the findings and report back to the courts by September 1, 2005.
Supt. Rich announced that the school district had purchased a used 2001 dodge work truck for the school’s maintenance department and recommended that the two old pick-ups be taken off to auction.
He also noted that the state board has eased original requirements somewhat for pupil nutrition and physical education goals for school districts to attain.
Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell, to adjourn. Passed.
The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.