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January 2007




January 15, 2007


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, January 15, 2007 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 December 18, 2006, regular meeting.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Koelling to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Ken Rich presented a report on the bus fleet.  He noted that the bus fleet is in very good condition.  He thanked Ed Foster, bus mechanic, for keeping the district bus fleet in good shape.  The board agreed with Rich’s recommendation to accept bids for one (1) new school bus to be delivered prior to the 2007-2008 school year.

Next the school board’s legal liability insurance was discussed.  Superintendent Rich recommended renewing the policy with Midwest Risk Management Services at a cost of $3,971.76 through the policy period 2/01/07 to 2/01/08.  Innis made the motion, second by Falco to renew the school board’s legal liability insurance policy as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich presented a letter from Ozarka College regarding grant approval to offer a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) course to students on the Salem campus via distance learning equipment.  Rich noted that six to seven scholarships would be available to Salem students.  Students will attend class one period per day during the school year and will complete 18 hours of internship at a local hospital or nursing home.  The grant will pay for textbooks and the cost of the test that students must pass to obtain certification as a CNA.

Superintendent Rich reviewed topics with board members discussed at the recent superintendent symposium he attended in Little Rock.  He also presented board members with a list of bills that have been filed during the first week of the legislative session and discussed a few of the bills and the impact that they would have on Salem Schools.

Rich advised the board of a personnel matter and the board retired into executive session at 7:29 p.m.

The board returned to open session at 8:09 p.m. and as a result, Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from assistant softball coach Kim Smith-Harber.  Rich gave the recommendation to accept Mrs. Smith-Harber’s resignation.  Innis made the motion, second by Koelling to accept the resignation letter as stated.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich recommended the hire of Cody Curtis as a high school teacher, head junior high football coach, assistant senior high football coach, and track coach for the 2007-2008 school year.  Rich stipulated that Curtis employment would begin on July 1, 2007 and that Curtis must obtain additional certification in Social Studies within the time frame allowed by the state.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Koelling to extend a contract to Cody Curtis for the 2007-2008 school year.  Passed.


Superintendent Rich recommended that the district amend the contracts of three employees due to the fact that they have changed positions on the salary schedule.  Treva Cotter and Lindsey Washam completed a Masters Degree at the completion of the fall semester and move up to the master’s level on the salary schedule for an increase of $1,000.  Kim Smith-Harber resigned her duties as assistant softball coach and her contract will be reduced by $750.00.  Falco made the motion, second by Innis to approve the addendums for all three employees.  Passed.

Board member Innis made a motion, second by Yarnell to extend the contract of Superintendent Ken Rich, one additional year, through the 2009-2010 school year.  Passed.

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

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich informed the board that he would have completed a review of automated external defibrillators by the February board meeting.  Rich also stated that the district would host an appreciation dinner for faculty, staff, and board members to celebrate the district’s Golden Apple Award.

High School Principal Wayne Guiltner reported that the district Spelling Bee was held recently.  Results of the spelling bee:  Winner – Bradey Chambers   Runner –up – Jordan Millsap.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.