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September 2004




September 20, 2004


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, September 20, 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

Absent:   None

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

The minutes were reviewed for the August 16, 2004, regular meeting.  Innis made the motion, second by Welch, to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Ken Rich introduced new teachers employed for the 2004/2005 school year, and board members listened to updates from them on classroom events and plans for the upcoming year.

Superintendent Rich informed board members that the past summer’s College Preparatory Enhancement Program was a success with 29 Salem students participating.  Average ACT scores resulting from the CPEP classes were well above both state and national averages.  Salem students’ average ACT score after taking the CPEP course was 23.6.

Superintendent Rich updated the board with a report on the recent public meeting held at the school and announced that enrollment at present was 724 students, up slightly from last year’s three quarter average.

Superintendent Rich informed the board of the high school Smart Core requirements for current year seventh graders and announced that a parent meeting would be planned so that parents and students are aware of course requirements.  These courses would begin when students reach the ninth grade and then would be reviewed on a yearly basis.  He also noted the graduation requirements for current year ninth graders and stated that letters would be sent to parents setting a meeting night at the school for updates on graduation requirement credits.

The 2002/2003 Audit Report was reviewed.  No findings were noted from the audit.

The Special Education Budget and application for the 2004/2005 school year was discussed.  Smith made the motion, second by Falco to approve the budget as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich informed the board that KTHV – Channel 11 in Little Rock has joined the Arkansas Department of Education in announcing Salem as one of the top ten school districts in Arkansas.  This ranking is based on the percentage of students passing the state exams.  The state exams include a 4th, 6th, and 8th grade benchmark exam and an Algebra, Geometry, and Literacy end-of-course exam.  A news crew from the TV station visited the campus for taping interviews for their newscast.  He announced that on October 5th a reception would be held at the governor’s mansion in Little Rock to announce the rankings of the top ten districts live on channel 11 at 6:30 p.m.  He noted the community wide effort involved for this high achievement and commended the students, parents, teachers, administration, and board.

Next, options for distance learning were discussed.  Superintendent Rich informed the board that two distance learning grants were available to schools in Arkansas.  The grant monies would be used to set up a distance-learning classroom at the high school that could be utilized for offering courses, which are taught at another high school or college as well as for other uses such as staff development.  He noted the grant papers were due by September 24th and the district was not required to commit to an extended contract.  The board agreed to pursue the distance-learning grant.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich announced that the annual Grandparent’s Breakfast was scheduled for Thursday, October 7th.

Rich noted the annual school election would be held on Tuesday, September 21st.

Rich announced that the oldest bus in the fleet would be taken to the Pioneer Auction at Hardy along with other spare desks and unused items for sale to the public within the next few weeks.

Superintendent Rich informed the board that as a result of Act 799 of 2003, schools would receive monies from fines paid to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and would amount to around $1,800 for Salem.  Monies received under this law are required to be spent on approved educational programs with the Game & Fish Commission.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.