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May 2006




May 15, 2006


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, May 15, 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 April 17, 2006, regular meeting.  Innis made the motion, second by Smith to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

The first order of business was to open the meeting for public discussion regarding the proposed chemical screening policy to be implemented beginning with the 2006-2007 school year.  Ms. Sue Gatewood commented that she was proud to see the school taking the initiative in this area and stated that it would be a positive step for the students, school, and community.  Superintendent Rich reported that administrators met with a panel of students from each grade level 7-12 and noted that positive feedback was given by them as well.  Board members also reported receiving positive comments from patrons.  Superintendent Rich informed the board that he would have representatives from drug screening companies at the next regular board meeting to disclose what services they have to offer the district relating to testing procedures.  Rich made a recommendation to adopt the Chemical Screen Test Policy for 2006-2007 (attached).  Welch made the motion second by Innis to adopt the policy as recommended.  Passed.

Next, Superintendent Rich informed the board that the Department of Education has tentatively approved six facility projects to be completed during the 2006-2007 school year.  The state will fund approximately 45% of the cost.

The next order of business was the opening of asphalt repair and sealing bids.  The bid of $18,386.00 from Total Asphalt Repair was given a recommendation of acceptance from Superintendent Rich with a completion date stipulated before June 30, 2006.  Welch made the motion second by Smith to accept the bid from Total Asphalt Care as recommended.  Passed.

A school calendar was proposed for the 2006-2007 school year.  Superintendent Rich recommended to adopt the attached school calendar for the upcoming year.  Smith made the motion second by Yarnell to adopt the calendar for 2006-2007 as proposed.  Passed.

The superintendent advised the board of a personnel matter.  Smith made the motion second by Yarnell to go into executive session at 7:30 p.m.  Passed.

The board returned to open session at 8:00 p.m. and as a result of the executive session, Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from Linda Simers who will be retiring at the end of the 2005-2006 school year with 30 years of service to the Salem District.  Superintendent Rich recommended to accept Mrs. Simers retirement as noted.  Smith made the motion second by Innis to accept Linda Simers retirement as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich recommended changing the 2005-2006 certified salary schedule by adding $1,000.00 to the base salary and also presented a beginning certified salary schedule for the 2006-2007 school year.  Yarnell made the motion second by Smith to adopt both certified schedules (attached) as presented.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich also recommended that a 3% raise to the base salary be given to all classified employees for the 2005-2006 school year and presented a beginning salary schedule for classified positions for the 2006-2007 as well.  Smith made the motion second by Yarnell to adopt both classified schedules (attached) as presented.  Passed.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich announced that Salem had received their Annual Accreditation Status Report and that the district, elementary and high school were all accredited with no violations or citations noted.

High School Principal Wayne Guiltner noted several student recognitions.  The softball team finished first in conference, district tournament, and regional tournament.  Four players were named to the all-region team:  Chelsea Taylor, Tera Zeigler, Carrie Johnson, and Leslie Taylor who was also named the tournaments MVP.  Three players were named all state:  Chelsea Taylor, Leslie Taylor, and Carrie Johnson.  Coach Eric Chambers was named head coach of the All-Star Team.  The Baseball team finished second in conference and second in the district tournament.  Wes James and David Kinston were named to the all-region team.  Chad Willett was named all state.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.