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March 2007

 

SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES

SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT

March 19, 2007

The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, March 19, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Present:  Yarnell, Smith, Innis, and Falco

Absent:   Koelling

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

The minutes were reviewed for the February 19, 2007, regular meeting.  Falco made the motion, second by Yarnell to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

The first order of business was the discussion to purchase automated external defibrillators for the district.  Superintendent Ken Rich recommended to purchase three Zoll model AED devices, one for the elementary, one for the high school, and one for the gymnasium.  He announced that Melissa McCandlis with Salem First Care would provide training to athletic coaches and other staff members in the use of these devices during the summer.  Innis made the motion, second by Falco to purchase three AED’s as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich informed the board that during an evaluation in January by the Northcentral Association both schools scored very well and are both fully accredited.

Superintendent Rich reviewed two facility partnership project bids relating to surveillance systems in both buildings.  Three bids were received on the elementary surveillance system and Superintendent Rich recommended to the board to accept the bid of $9,085.00 from S & S Security Alarms, Inc. of Searcy, AR.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Innis to accept the bid as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich advised the board that he recommended to accept the bid proposal by S & S Security of Searcy in the amount of $19,997.70 for the high school surveillance system.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Falco to accept the bid from S & S Security Alarms, Inc. as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich gave a legislative update to board members.

Wayne Guiltner, high school principal, updated the board on recent student recognitions.  On March 10, the senior high quiz bowl team placed first in the regional tournament at Green Forest and will be advancing to state competition.  On February 28, ten FFA teams competed at ASU at Beebe.  The farm business management team placed second, the meats team placed third, the agronomy team placed sixth, and both the electricity team and the livestock team placed ninth.  Guiltner also announced that eighth grade student Jordan Millsap competed at the state spelling bee and finished 32nd out of 63 contestants.  Mr. Guiltner noted that high school senior Whitney Maguffee had been chosen as student of the month in an English Composition concurrent credit distance learning class.  Mr. Guiltner stated that the overall composite score of 20.69 was achieved on the latest ACT tests with over 50% being first time test takers.

Elementary principal David Turnbough announced that fourth grade student Haley Coggins exhibited entries at the state art fair.

The board retired into executive session at 7:30 p.m. to discuss a personnel matter.  The board returned to open session at 8:10 p.m. and as a result of the executive session, Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from Cheer Sponsor Alanna Russell and recommended to accept her resignation (attached).  Innis made the motion, second by Falco to accept the resignation as stated.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to hire Amanda Himschoot as Cheer Sponsor for the 07/08 school year.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Innis to appoint duties of Cheer Sponsor to Amanda Himschoot as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich recommended to renew certified contracts for the 2007/08 school year to all elementary and high school certified staff (attached list).  Yarnell made the motion, second by Innis to extend contracts to all present certified staff for the 2007/08 year.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to move Shaun Windsor to a full time technology coordinator for the Salem district for the 07/08 school year.  Falco made the motion, second by Yarnell to employ Shaun Windsor as a full time technology coordinator through the Northcentral AR Education Service Center in Melbourne for 07/08.  Passed.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich announced that the Golden Apple Appreciation dinner for all faculty, staff, board members and their families would be held Thursday evening March 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the elementary school.  Rich recommended to the board that all staff be awarded a one-time bonus for being in the top ten districts in the state.  Certified employees would receive a $750.00 one-time bonus, classified staff would receive a $325.00 one-time bonus, and bus drivers would receive a $175.00 one-time bonus.  Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to compensate the staff with a one-time bonus as stated.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich informed the board of the purchase of a used scissor lift purchased for $4,500 from Layman Equipment Sales & Rental of Cave City, AR.

Innis made the motion to adjourn with a second by Falco.  Passed.

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.