SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT
February 19, 2007
The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, February 19, 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
The Chairman declared a quorum present and opened the meeting for business.
The minutes were reviewed for the January 15, 2007, regular meeting. Falco made the motion, second by Yarnell to approve the minutes as written. Passed.
The first order of business was to review three bus bids taken on a 2008 65-passenger bus. Superintendent Ken Rich gave the recommendation to accept the low bid of $66,175.00 for a 2008 International school bus from Diamond State Bus Company of North Little Rock. Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to accept the bid as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich informed the board that as a result of advertising for bids on a spare bus with a blown engine, he had received a bid of $800.00 from Lynn’s Auto Salvage and gave a recommendation to the board to accept the bid. Innis made the motion, second by Falco to accept the bid for the spare bus as offered. Passed.
Superintendent Rich updated the board on the district’s facilities partnership projects with the state. He noted that the emergency and exit lighting were on site and awaiting installation. He announced that the dampering system on the heating and cooling system for five classrooms in the high school was scheduled to be completed by Richards Heating & Cooling during the spring break. He stated that no bids had been received on the motorized curtain for the gymnasium as of yet. He discussed the two bids received for surveillance systems for both schools and recommended to the board that these bids be rejected and reconsidered after specific bidding specifications on the type of cameras, their positioning, and video resolution types were drawn up for the bidding process. Koelling made the motion, second by Innis to reject the current bids and to re-bid the project as directed. Passed.
Superintendent Rich presented the district’s ten-year facility master plan to the board and noted it would be reviewed and updated each February.
A legislative update was given by Superintendent Rich on various bills and acts forthcoming from the current legislative session in relation to education issues.
High School principal Wayne Guiltner recognized several student recognitions. Several band students earned all-region honors recently and four of these students will advance to all-state auditions. The Jr. High Quiz Bowl team placed third in the 3A Regional Tournament held February 10 at Eureka Springs and will advance to state competition. Four FBLA students who completed at Ozarka College’s High School Day Competition will advance to district competition. High school senior Whitney Maguffee was recognized as National Merit Finalist. Jordan Millsap, an eighth grader, won the Fulton County Spelling Bee.
The superintendent informed the board of a personnel matter and the board went into executive session at 7:30 p.m.
The board returned to open session at 7:55 p.m.
Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from Amanda Himschoot from her duties as Cheerleader co-sponsor (attached). He gave the recommendation to accept the letter as noted. Falco made the motion, second by Yarnell to accept the resignation of Amanda Himschoot as Cheer co-sponsor as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich recommended to extend the contract of elementary principal David Turnbough through the 2007-2008 school year. Yarnell made the motion, second by Koelling to renew the contract as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich also gave the recommendation to extend the contract of Wayne Guiltner as high school principal through the 2007-2008 school year. Innis made the motion, second by Falco to renew the contract as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich discussed a petition of transfer for two students of the Izard County Consolidated District to attend school at Salem and recommended to the board to accept the transfer (attached). Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to accept the transfer petition as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich informed the board that he would have more information regarding the automated external defibrillators next month and that plans for a recognition dinner for staff members on receiving the Golden Apple would be finalized soon.
Innis made the motion to adjourn with a second by Yarnell. Passed.
The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.