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December 2006




December 18, 2006


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Smith.


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

Absent:   None

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

The minutes were reviewed for the November 20, 2006, regular meeting.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Koelling to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Ken Rich informed the board that the Salem district ranked number six in the state for the Golden Apple award received recently at the ceremony held at UCA.  He noted this was an outstanding achievement and that Salem was one of only five districts statewide that have placed in the top ten districts for all three consecutive years the Golden Apples have been awarded.  He announced an appreciation dinner for all faculty and staff would be scheduled at a later date.

Superintendent Rich gave an update on facilities projects that have been approved by the state.  Four projects have been approved at this time.  1) 10 exit signs, 2) emergency lights, 3) motorized curtain in gym 4) dampering system on a HVAC unit.  Rich also informed the board that the district’s 10-year facility plan would be updated by February 1, 2007.  Locally funded projects to include renovation of baseball concession stand, a ticket booth for football field, lights for softball field, and parking lot for baseball and softball were discussed.

Superintendent Rich continued the discussion of the possibility that the district look into the purchase of automated external defibrillators and stated he would like to do more research in this area before making a final decision.

Superintendent Rich advised the board of a personnel matter and the board retired into executive session at 7:35 p.m.

The board returned to open session at 8:00 p.m. and as a result, Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from high school science teacher Jay Church effective on December 20, 2006.  Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to accept Mr. Church’s resignation.  Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to accept the resignation letter as stated.  Passed.

To fill the vacant spot, Superintendent Rich recommended the hire of Mark Bellamy as science teacher to begin on January 2, 2007 for the remainder of the school year.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Falco to extend a contract for the period remaining to Mark Bellamy as recommended.  Passed.

High school principal Wayne Guiltner informed the board of the latest results of ACT scores having an average composite score of 22.08.

Mr. Guiltner announced that in the FFA district competition, Sarah Cochran placed second in prepared public speaking.  The parliamentary procedure team also placed second.  They will move on to state competitions to be held in June.  Guiltner also noted that in a recent band competition, twelve students earned All-region honors.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich recommended a petition for student transfer to Highland Schools to be accepted.  Innis made the motion, seconded by Koelling to accept the transfer as recommended (attached).  Passed.

Falco made the motion to adjourn with a second by Innis.  Passed.

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