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February 2006




February 20, 2006

The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Falco.


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

Absent:   None

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

The minutes were reviewed for the January 16, 2006, regular meeting.  Welch made the motion, second by Innis to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

The first order of business was to consider bus bids.  Superintendent Ken Rich presented two bids for consideration to the board, one from Central States for $58,895 and the other from Ward Transportation in the amount of $56,295.  Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to purchase the bus from Ward Transportation and to take delivery in July of 2006.  Welch made the motion, second by Smith to accept the bid from Ward’s at a cost of $56,295.  Passed.

Next, Superintendent Ken Rich explained to board members a new procedure to supplement the district’s collateralization procedures for banking purposes.  He recommended to approve the Bank of Salem purchasing a standby letter of credit in order to free up more marketable securities purchased by the bank as pledges to insure proper amounts of collateralization for account holdings.  He explained this procedure is in use for other county agencies and is approved by legislative audit.

Superintendent Rich presented three options to correct problems with the gym floor.  The board agreed that Gym Masters of Searcy, AR would correct problems with the floor and refinish the floor surface.  The work will be completed during spring break.  The cost of the project is $9,800.00.

The results of a Reform Arkansas Study showed Salem receiving an A- grade on ninth grade students benchmark scores from the previous year.  Salem’s ninth grade students ranked number 12 in the state overall.

Superintendent Rich recommended to the board to adopt a resolution regarding payroll deduction for employees in the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System allowing them to make a change from non-contributory status to contributory membership to be effective July 1, 2006.  Smith made the motion, second by Welch to adopt the resolution as recommended (attached).  Passed.

Next, Superintendent Rich presented a resolution certifying the district’s support of the facility partnership program.  This would make the district responsible for paying 44 percent out of local resources on facility projects funded from the state and approved under the facilities plan.  Welch made the motion, second by Yarnell to adopt the resolution as presented (attached).  Passed.

Various student recognitions were presented by high school principal, Wayne Guiltner (attached).  He congratulated Mike Cole and the senior high band students who earned All-State recognition and congratulated the coaches and basketball players on a great season.

Superintendent Rich advised the board of a personnel matter at 7:35 p.m.  Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to go into executive session.  Passed.

The Board returned to open session at 8:30 p.m.

Superintendent Rich recommended to board members to extend elementary principal David Turnbough’s and high school principal Wayne Guiltner’s contracts through the 2006/07 school year.  Yarnell made the motion second by Welch to renew both principals’ contracts as recommended.  Passed.

The financial reports were reviewed.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.