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February 2005




February 21, 2005



The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, February 21, 2005 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, and Falco

Absent:   Yarnell and Welch


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


The minutes were reviewed for the January 17, 2005, regular meeting.  Smith made the motion, second by Falco, to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.


The first order of business was the consideration for bids for a new 65 passenger bus to be purchased for the 2005/06 school year.  Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to accept the bid from Ward Transportation for $52,629.  Smith made the motion, second by Falco to accept the bid from Ward’s as recommended.  Passed.


Superintendent Rich informed the board of bills being introduced into the current legislative session dealing with issues of education.


Mr. Rich also gave a school facilities study update to board members and informed them that no specifics have been defined relating to facility funding or maintenance and operation spending regulations.  He noted that he would monitor the legislation dealing with facilities and keep the board updated.


Superintendent Rich announced that the district has received a $27,271 grant for a distance learning lab.  The distance learning lab will be located in the existing high school computer lab room.  To make that possible, a mobile computer lab with sixteen wireless laptop computers has been purchased for the high school. 


Principals David Turnbough and Wayne Guiltner reported their academic improvement plans for the 2005/06 school year to board members.  They discussed new laws concerning Benchmark test scores, minimum proficiencies, and mandatory remediation of students who fail to meet proficiency levels.


Next, Superintendent Rich discussed a proposal to amend the current school calendar.  He suggested the teacher in-service day scheduled for Thursday, March 17th be moved to Friday, March 18th.  Students will attend school on March 17th and be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. so that parent/teacher conferences may be held from 2 – 7 p.m.  This change will allow students to be off on Friday, March 18th as well as the following week of March 21 – 25 for spring break.  Falco made the motion, second by Smith to amend the school calendar as recommended.  Passed.


Smith made the motion, second by Falco to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.  Passed.


The Chairman declared the motion carried at 7:55 p.m.


The board returned to open session at 8:35 p.m.


Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to renew contracts to David Turnbough for Elementary Principal and to Wayne Guiltner for High School Principal for the 2005/06 school year.  Falco made the motion, second by Smith to rehire Turnbough and Guiltner for the 05/06 school year as recommended.  Passed.


The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich noted the recent school bus accident and informed board members that he was waiting on a retail value estimate for the 1994 school bus.  The estimate to repair the bus was $4,954.  Rich hopes to be able to repair the bus and return it to the fleet.


Smith made the motion to adjourn, seconded by Falco.  Passed.


The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.