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March 2006




March 22, 2006


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, March 22, 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 February 20, 2006, regular meeting.  Innis made the motion, second by Welch to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

The first order of business was the presentation of the 2006-09 technology plan for the district (attached).  Superintendent Ken Rich gave the recommendation to adopt the technology plan as presented.  Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell to accept the district’s technology plan as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich gave a legislative update to board members stating that members of education committees are meeting in order to prepare for a special legislative session expected to be called by the governor in the near future dealing with educational adequacy and funding issues.

Superintendent Rich proposed a change in the current school calendar to make up for the four days missed during the year.  He proposed to extend the school year by thee days to May 26th and to have school on April 14th originally scheduled as a holiday.  Innis made the motion, second by Smith to adopt the change in the school calendar as proposed.  Passed.

Next, Superintendent Rich discussed options for adopting a chemical screen policy for students participating in any extracurricular activity and students who drive a vehicle on campus.  No action was taken at this time and more discussion will be held at the next board meeting on this matter.

Elementary principal David Turnbough announced that three elementary art students were named as state winners.  They were Kayla Barker, first place for fifth grade, Rebekah Hoskins, first place for kindergarten, and John Beck, first place for first grade.

High School Principal Wayne Guiltner recognized recent student achievements.  The senior high band competed at Nettleton High School on March 3.  The band received straight ones in the prepared music competition and in sight-reading; one is the highest rating possible in the competition.  The senior high quiz bowl team competed in the Regional Tournament at Bergman on March 11, the team finished third in the Regional Tournament.  Whitney Maguffee was named to the All Tournament Team.  Fifty-nine students competed in the Lyon College Math & Science Day on Saturday, March 11.  Salem finished 1st in the junior division.

Superintendent Rich announced the discussion of a personnel matter.  Smith made the motion, second by Yarnell to go into executive session.  Passed.

The Chairman declared the motion carried 8:05p.m.

The board returned to open session at 8:40 p.m. and as a result, Superintendent Rich recommended all current certified employees be extended a contract for the 2006/2007 school year.  Smith made the motion, second by Innis to extended contract renewals for 2006/2007 as recommended (attached).  Passed.

Next, Superintendent Rich recommended paying a one-time bonus to employees as a result of Salem’s state academic recognitions and honors for outstanding test scores over the past two years.  Certified personnel would receive $750.00, classified employees would get $325.00, and bus drivers would receive $175.00 each.  Welch made the motion, second by Smith to approve the recommended bonus pay.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich informed the board that he would be obtaining bids on asphalt resurface and striping and get prices on an additional driver’s education car.  He also announced the intent to construct a ticket booth at the football field entrance.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:47p.m.