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November 2004




November 15, 2004


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, November 15, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Innis.


Present:  Innis, Smith, Welch, and Falco

Absent:   Yarnell

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

The minutes were reviewed for the October 18, 2004, regular meeting.  Welch made the motion, second by Falco, to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Ken Rich informed the board that the Salem Elementary School had been named as one of twelve in the state as a Best Practice School.  This honor was achieved for having the greatest gains in test scores over a three-year study conducted by the University of Arkansas.  Elementary Principal, David Turnbough was presented with a special flag for the school at a ceremony held in Little Rock.  Superintendent Rich commended Mr. Turnbough and the elementary staff and students for this prestigious recognition.

Yarnell joined the meeting at 7:10 p.m.

Superintendent Rich discussed the current travel reimbursement rate for staff members and gave the recommendation to increase the mileage reimbursement rate from 25 cents to 34 cents per mile due to the increased costs of gasoline.  Welch made the motion, second by Yarnell to raise the mileage reimbursement rate from 25 cents to 34 cents per mile.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich informed board members that the statewide facilities study for schools had been completed and results should be released by next month.  He stated that any plans relating to upgrading facilities are being delayed until the state legislature acts on the study’s findings and funding solutions have been resolved.  He suggested looking into the costs of fencing the football field, adding some bleachers, and installing automatic sprinklers on the football field.

Rich updated the board on a recent inspection by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Superintendent Rich is the designated person in charge of managing the school’s asbestos plan and stated that a notice had been placed in the newspaper informing the public that the school’s asbestos management plan is on file at the district office for review.

Superintendent Rich announced that Ozarka College had applied to become a secondary vocational center to serve area schools and provide concurrent credit in the areas of Health Services, Automotive Repair, and Criminal Justice.  In response to a local interest survey, he announced that our school would support their endeavor if funding were provided by the legislature.

The board heard results of the recent standards monitoring on November 11th.  A three-member team evaluated the district on 121 different standards, reviewed documentation files, and visited classrooms.  The review went very well with one violation noted.  The school’s admission policy must be amended to enroll students who possess military identification.  Superintendent Rich noted that he will obtain model policies from other districts and this admission policy would be updated at the December board meeting.

Superintendent Rich also informed the board of a service from the Arkansas School Board Association to provide model Board Policies written for the district.  This service would provide automatic updates to policies when laws change.  Rich agreed to find out more information relating to the cost of this service.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich congratulated Coach Guiltner and the senior high football team on a very successful season and complimented their hard work, good conduct, and great sportsmanship.

Superintendent Rich noted that bus driver Daisy Howard was back at work full time and the bus that was involved in the accident was nearing repair at Ward’s Transportation in Conway.  He informed the board that once the bus was repaired he would send the old bus to auction as planned.

It was noted that Dr. Guy Smith would remain as Board Disbursing Officer.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.