SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT
August 16, 2004
The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, August 16, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Yarnell.
Present: Welch, Yarnell, Innis, Smith, and Falco
The Chairman declared a quorum present and opened the meeting for business.
The minutes were reviewed for the July 19, 2004, regular meeting. Innis made the motion, second by Falco, to approve the minutes as written. Passed.
The first order of business was to examine propane bids for the 2004/2005 year. Upon a recommendation by Superintendent Ken Rich to accept the firm bid of .999 cents per gallon from Coast Synergy, Innis made the motion, second by Smith to accept the bid as proposed. Passed.
Superintendent Rich presented a beginning of school update to board members informing them of three days of staff development including topics of parental involvement, technology, nutrition, fitness and wellness. He announced that the renovation of both the internship and business classrooms were complete. He also informed the board of the Open House scheduled at the elementary school on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Information regarding test scores and the school calendar will be presented to parents, and teachers will be in classrooms for parent/student orientation visits. Rich informed the board that thirty-eight new students had enrolled in the early registration process.
Next David Turnbough, elementary principal presented ACTAAP test results from the 2003/2004 school year to the board. Scores from students in grades four and six were well above state averages in Literacy and in Math. Over the past three years, fourth grade scores ranked 2nd in all schools in the Northcentral Coop in both Literacy and Math, and sixth grade scores ranked 5th in Literacy and 3rd in Math among area cooperative schools over the past three year period.
Wayne Guiltner, high school principal, reported that eighth grade Literacy/Math scores, ninth grade end-of-course Algebra scores, tenth grade end-of-course Geometry score, eleventh grade end-of-course Literacy scores for 2003-2004 were all well above state averages. Salem’s eighth grade Literacy/Math scores ranked 4th in cooperative schools. Among all AA schools in Arkansas, students taking the end-of-course exams in all areas ranked 3rd overall, ranking 2nd in end-of-course Algebra, 5th in end-of-course Literacy, and 7th in end-of-course Geometry.
David Turnbough gave information to board members regarding upcoming academic improvement program planning relating to compliance with No Child Left behind legislation. He explained requirements in the school’s accountability of student performance on mandatory testing and how this performance must be tracked and documented. He informed board members that Act 35 of 2003 requires students who score below proficient on the state ACTAAP exams to be remediated. Remediation will be conducted on an individual basis. State law mandates that the parent be involved in developing the individual plan. The district plans to purchase computer software to remediate students in before and after school programs.
Superintendent Rich presented a resolution to conduct the annual school election pursuant to Act 1295 of 2003. This law allows school elections to be conducted by absentee and early voting only when no more than one candidate has filed for the open board positions and no other ballot issues are proposed. Smith made the motion, second by Innis to adopt the resolution as proposed. Passed.
The Annual Financial Report for 2003/2004 and the Budget for 2004/2005 was presented. Welch made the motion, second by Smith to approve the Annual Financial Report and Budget. Passed.
Smith made the motion, second by Falco to go into executive session on a personnel matter. Passed.
The Chairman declared the motion carried at 7:55 p.m.
The board returned to open session at 8:40 p.m. and as a result, Superintendent Rich gave a recommendation to hire Juanita Newman as an elementary aide for the 2004/2005 school year. Smith made the motion, second by Innis to hire Mrs. Newman as recommended. Passed.
The financial reports were reviewed.
Superintendent Rich informed the board that Salem’s football games would be broadcast live over radio station 104.7 for the upcoming season.
Rich thanked board member, Dr. Guy B. Smith for volunteering to serve on a nutrition and fitness advisory committee with other school and community members to help raise awareness on the benefits of good nutrition and physical fitness activities for a better state of health.
Rich also thanked Dr. Guy B. Smith and Salem First Care for providing free physical exams to Salem school athletes.
Smith made the motion, second by Innis to adjourn. Passed.
The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.