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August 2005




August 15, 2005

The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, August 15, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Falco.


Present:  Welch, Yarnell, Falco, and Smith.

Absent:   Innis

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

The minutes were reviewed for the July 18, 2005, regular meeting.  Welch made the motion, second by Yarnell, to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Ken Rich updated members of the board on various summer projects.  Changing light fixtures in the elementary school is complete and ceiling tile repairs are done.  Sections of the asphalt have been repaired and sealing and striping will be looked at in the spring.  The football bleacher installation process is nearing completion and fencing around the football field has been completed.

High School Principal Wayne Guiltner reported on the end-of-course exams given at the high school.  Mr. Guiltner reported that 76% of students scored proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam, 66% of students scored proficient or advanced on the Geometry end of course exam, and 71% of students scored proficient or advanced on the 11th grade Literacy end of course exam.  All end of course scores were well above the state average.

Chairman Innis joined the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

Superintendent Rich presented a resolution concerning the annual school election procedures.  Since the member election race is uncontested and there are no other ballot issues, the resolution states to conduct the election by early and absentee voting only.  Superintendent Rich recommended to adopt the proposed resolution.  Smith made the motion second by Welch to adopt the resolution (attached) as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich made a recommendation to board members to update the rate of pay for substitute positions for the district (attached).  Welch made the motion, second by Yarnell to approve the updates to substitute’s pay as advised.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich advised the board of a personnel matter to be discussed in executive session.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Welch to go into executive session.  Passed.

The Chairman declared the motion carried at 7:20 p.m.

The board returned to open session at 7:45 p.m. and no action was taken as a result of the executive session.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich presented a student transfer petition for a student from Izard County Consolidated to attend the Salem district and recommended to the board to approve the transfer (attached).  Smith made the motion, second by Welch to accept the transfer as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich announced that the district had enrolled over 45 new students for the 2005-2006 school year while losing about 25 at this time.

Rich discussed new rules dealing with nutrition and physical education to meet statewide standards. 

He announced that the new school bus purchased would be placed on Judy Lindblom’s route and that a spare bus would be taken to the auction for public sale.

Superintendent Rich expressed thanks to all Greyhound Classic Golf Tournament participants and contributors.

Rich announced that the districts annual public meeting would be held at 6:00 p.m. at the high school on Monday, September 19th.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.