April 2006

 

SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES

SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 17, 2006

 

The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, April 17, 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, and Innis

Absent:   Welch

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

The minutes were reviewed for the March 22, 2006, regular meeting.  Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

The first order of business was a legislative update from the superintendent.  Ken Rich discussed several of the acts passed in the special session regarding increased funding for schools and other educational issues.

Next, the superintendent discussed issues proposed regarding adopting a chemical screening policy for the district.  It was decided to open this issue for public input and further discussion during the regular board meeting scheduled on May 15, 2006.

Superintendent Rich presented a petition for student transfer for three students from the Izard County Consolidated school district.  Upon a recommendation from the superintendent, Innis made the motion, second by Smith to accept the student transfer as recommended (attached).  Passed.

Wayne Guiltner, high school principal, informed the board of recent student achievements.  Seven FFA teams qualified for state competition.  FBLA teams recently competed at state competition on April 1.  The FBLA students represented Salem well by scoring above the state average.  Amanda Amundsen had the highest score on the Word Procession II written test.

The Superintendent advised the board of a personnel matter.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Innis, to go into executive session at 7:35 p.m.  Passed.

The board returned to open session at 8:15 p.m. and as a result of executive session, Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from Mary Layman effective at the end of this school year and recommended to board members to accept the resignation.  Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell to accept Mary Laymanís resignation as recommended.  Passed.

For the vacated position, Superintendent Rich recommended to hire Andrea Walling to replace Mary Layman.  Innis made the motion, second by Smith to extend a contract to Andrea Walling for the 2006/2007 school year.  Passed.

Next, Superintendent Rich read a letter from Bonnie Baker stating her intention to retire effective at the end of this school year.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Innis to accept the resignation of Bonnie Baker.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich recommend to hire Mary Smith as teacher aide to replace Mrs. Baker for the 2006/2007 school year.  Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell to extend a contract to Mary Smith as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich read letters from Dana Johns and Martha Wood resigning from their positions as Cheerleader Sponsor and Assistant Cheer Sponsor.  Smith made the motion, second by Innis to accept the resignations as stated.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich made recommendations for Alanna Russell to fill the position of Cheer Sponsor and Amanda Himschoot to be Assistant Cheer Sponsor for the upcoming school year.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Smith to accept the recommendations by Superintendent Rich.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich recommended to rehire all classified staff who wish to return for the 2006/2007 school year (list attached).  Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell to rehire the classified staff as directed.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich discussed the adoption of a school district wellness policy (attached) to put the school in compliance with Act 1220.  Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell to adopt the district wellness policy as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich reported that repairs to the gymnasium floor were very satisfactory.

He announced that senior graduation would be on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. in the gymnasium and that the senior breakfast would be held on the morning of May 11th.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.