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October 2005




October 17, 2005


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Innis.


Present:  Welch, Yarnell, Falco, Smith, and Innis

Absent:   None

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

The minutes were reviewed for the September 19, 2005, regular meeting.  Smith made the motion, second by Falco to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

The first order of business was the reorganization of the board.  Dr. Guy Smith made the motion to elect Mike Falco as president with a second given by Welch.  Passed.

Chairman Innis declared the motion carried and turned over duties to the newly elected Chairman Falco.

Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to elect Guy B. Smith as Vice-President.  Passed.

Yarnell made the motion, second by Innis to elect John Ed Welch as Secretary.  Passed

Superintendent Rich recommended to the board to renew the school’s business trip insurance policy from the AR School Boards Association at a cost of $441.50 for coverage 1/1/06 through 12/31/06.  Smith made the motion, second by Welch to renew the insurance as recommended.  Passed.

Next, Superintendent Rich presented the annual school district’s ACSIP (AR Consolidated School Improvement Plan) to the board for review.  Welch made the motion, second by Innis to adopt the ACSIP for the 2005/06 school year as presented.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich presented the school’s Equity Compliance Report for 05/06 and recommended it for approval.  Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to approve the Equity Compliance Report as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich informed the board that Salem has received a Golden Apple Award for the second consecutive year as one of the top ten school districts in the state based on students’ performance on state benchmark and end of course results from the previous school year.  He stated what a great achievement and recognition this is for the students, teachers, parents, staff and the whole community.  On November 1, a group will travel to the governor’s mansion in Little Rock to reveal Salem’s rank order in the top ten.

Next, High School Principal Wayne Guiltner and Elementary Principal David Turnbough presented a report of Benchmark test scores and end of course exams.  Their report ranked the Northcentral Educational Cooperative schools based on benchmark scores.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich informed the board of a new school rating system that will be put in place by the Arkansas Department of Education.  The rating system will be based on student performance on the state criterion reference exams.

Superintendent Rich updated board members on the recent school masters report to the Supreme Court relating to the legislature’s actions on school funding adequacy.  He informed the board regarding several different options that could be taken in resolving this issue.

Superintendent Rich informed the board of several items to be put up for bidding and stated that advertisement would be placed in the local paper and opened at next month’s meeting.

Superintendent Rich informed the board that termites had been found in sheetrock at the elementary school.  There is very little damage to the sheetrock and there is no structural damage as the building is brick, steel, and aluminum construction.  Rich stated that Terminix has treated the building and placed the building under a termite contract.

Superintendent Rich expressed thanks to Coach Wendall Smith and staff in hosting a recent Cross Country meet on Salem’s campus with over two hundred students competing.

Rich also acknowledged that 792 persons from the community had attended the annual Grandparent’s Breakfast held at the elementary school.

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

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