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September 2006




September 11, 2006


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, September 11, 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 August 21, 2006, regular meeting.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Innis to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

First, Superintendent Ken Rich recognized new faculty and staff members as they updated board members on the start of the new school year.

Next, Superintendent Rich covered annual public meeting items.  He discussed the Gradequick and Edline software that has been purchased to allow for increased parental involvement.  The software will allow parents to check their child’s grades through the internet.  Rich also reported on the 2005-2006 vending revenue and expenditures.  The district received $4,463.60 in contract and commission revenue from Coke.  All $4,463.60 was used to fund the school district’s Renaissance Program.

Elementary Principal David Turnbough reported the previous year’s benchmark and Iowa test results.  He provided a comparison of the seventeen schools in the Northcentral Coop. Region.  The elementary school ranked second on the benchmark exams.  Mr. Turnbough also pointed out that the elementary school scored well above the state average in all categories of the benchmark and Iowa exams.  The 4th and 5th grades ranked first in the state of Arkansas on the 2006 Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

High School Principal Wayne Guiltner reported on the high school’s benchmark and Iowa test results.  He reported that the High School scored at or above the state average on all categories of each test.  The high school ranked third on benchmark exams among seventeen schools in the Northcentral Coop. Region.  Guiltner stated that the seventh grade ranked 2nd in literacy and 4th in math among all schools in the state.  The algebra scores placed 10th in the state.

Superintendent Rich reviewed the 2005/2006 Annual Financial Report and the 2006/2007 Budget with the board and gave a recommendation to approve them.  Welch made the motion, second by Smith to approve the 2005/2006 AFR and 2006/2007 Budget as presented.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich reported that the state department had approved the district’s Three-Year Facility Plan.

Next, Mr. Rich discussed the 2004/2005 Audit Report of the school district.  He stated that it was a good audit with no reportable conditions noted.

Superintendent Rich also announced to the board that the district had met the required Adequate Yearly Progress in all areas.

Mr. Rich reported that the annual school bus inspections had been recently completed and no major infractions were found.  Eleven minor violations were cited and are being corrected and documented when repaired.

Superintendent Rich informed the board that the district would receive $6,866.28 in E-rate grant funds.

Next, there were petitions to transfer students to consider.  Superintendent Rich recommended to accept the transfer of a Kindergarten student from the Highland district.  Welch made the motion second by Yarnell to grant the transfer as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich also recommended allowing the transfer of three students from the Mammoth Spring district.  Innis made the motion second by Welch to accept the transfer.  Passed.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Milk Falco, board president, presented a plaque to Mr. John Ed Welch to express the district’s gratitude for 10 years of service on the school board.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.