January 2006

 

SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES

SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT

January 16, 2006

The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, January 16, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Falco.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent:   None

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

The minutes were reviewed for the December 19, 2005, regular meeting.  Smith made the motion, second by Innis to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

The first order of business was a public meeting held to discuss the districtís facilities planning.  In attendance were Gary and Treva Cotter and Merlina McCullough.  Superintendent Ken Rich went over the districtís three-year and ten year facilities plan.  He noted the expenditure totals for each of the next three years.  Rich advised the board that the district was not obligated to complete everything included in the plan and that the district could complete other projects as needed that were not included in the plan.  He also explained to the board that the next step in facilities planning would be the completion of a partnership application, which is due on March 1, 2006.  Following the facilities presentation, Rich asked those attending if they had any comments concerning the plan.  Board member, Mike Innis, asked for clarification regarding district obligation for completing projects included in the plan.

Next the school boardís legal liability insurance was discussed.  Superintendent Ken Rich recommended renewing the policy with Midwest Risk Management Services at a cost of $4,168.52 through the policy period 2/01/06 to 2/01/07.  Welch made the motion, second by Yarnell to renew the school boardís legal liability insurance policy as recommended.  Passed.

High School Principal Wayne Guiltner informed the board of Salem High School receiving an Academic Success Award from ACT for raising composite scores over the past five years while maintaining high numbers of students taking the ACT test and increasing college readiness.  Only sixteen schools in Arkansas received this recognition.  Mr. Guiltner stated that the average composite score from the December ACT testing for Salem students was over 23.

Superintendent Ken Rich reviewed topics with board members discussed at the recent superintendent symposium he attended in Little Rock.  It was noted that the legislature most likely would be called in for a special session in the spring.

Rich also reviewed a study relating to School Performance Index in Arkansas.  The University of Arkansas completed the study.  Rich advised the board that Salem District ranked 42 out of 255.  He noted that the study compared student achievement on exams with many other community factors.  Rich stated that the focus must be on ensuring that all students achieve regardless of the other factors that may be involved.

Innis made the motion, second by Smith to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.  The Chairman called for discussion.  Passed.

The Chairman declared the motion carried at 7:25 p.m.

The board returned to open session at 7:53 p.m.  As a result of the executive session, Innis made the motion, second by Smith to extend the contract of Superintendent Ken Rich through the 2008-2009 school year.  The Chairman called for discussion. Passed.

Next, two student transfers were considered.  Upon a recommendation by Ken Rich, Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to accept the transfer of a student from the Izard County Consolidated District (attached).  The Chairman called for discussion.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to approve the transfer of a student from the Highland District (attached).  Smith made the motion, second by Welch to accept the transfer as recommended.  The Chairman called for discussion.  Passed.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich informed board members of an article written by High School Principal Wayne Guiltner regarding Salemís peer tutoring program published in the publication, The Instructional Leader.  He commended Guiltner on his efforts.

Rich gave the board an inventory sheet showing bus models and mileage and stated he would like to obtain bids to purchase a new bus to update the fleet for the next school year.  He also stated he would look into purchasing an additional school car for driverís education and employee business trips.

Smith made the motion, second by Welch to adjourn.  Passed.

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m.