SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT
April 16, 2007
The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Smith.
Present: Yarnell, Smith, Innis, Koelling, and Falco
The Chairman declared a quorum present and opened the meeting for business.
The minutes were reviewed for the March 19, 2007, regular meeting. Yarnell made the motion, second by Innis to approve the minutes as written. Passed.
First, Superintendent Ken Rich updated the board on laws relating to education, which passed during the recent legislative session. He noted that substitute teachers will be required to show proof of high school graduation or a G.E.D. and that they must undergo criminal background checks before hire.
Superintendent Rich updated the facilities partnership programs by the district. He noted that the exit and emergency lighting were on site awaiting installation and the dampering system in the high school had been installed during the spring break. He stated that the surveillance systems installation should begin in the next couple of weeks and that a representative had been on campus to get a proposal ready for the motorized curtain for the gymnasium.
Mr. Rich announced some upcoming maintenance projects for the summer including the renovation of the old baseball concession stand, some ceiling tile replacement in the high school hallways and cafeteria and some asphalt sealing.
High school principal Wayne Guiltner announced recent student achievements. The Salem FFA competed at the eastern district competition. The electricity, agri. mechanics, forestry, agronomy, diary foods, farm business management, livestock, and poultry teams all qualified to advance to state competition. Mr. Guiltner also recognized the senior high quiz bowl team, as they will compete for the state championship on April 21 at the AETN building in Conway against Episcopal Collegiate from Little Rock. This competition will be taped and air on AETN. He recognized all of these team members and their sponsors for their accomplishments. Guiltner also gave appreciation to the junior class and sponsors Dana Johns and Johnny Smith on a successful prom.
Mr. Guiltner discussed the possibility of utilizing a credit recovery program in the high school using Plato software in efforts to reduce or prevent retention in seventh and eighth grades and loss of credit for high school. The program would be self-paced and require the purchase of software licenses, staff development fees for teachers, and the cost of testing materials. It was decided to look further at this option for the next school year.
Superintendent Rich presented a proposed school calendar for the 2007/2008 school year (attached) and recommended it to be adopted. Yarnell made the motion, second by Koelling to adopt the 2007/2008 calendar as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich discussed the district’s current sick leave policies and current incentives for not missing days. He stated that he would study the possibility of changing the current policy and incentive program. He announced he would check on other district’s policies and update members on his finding at a later date.
Superintendent Rich advised the board of the discussion of personnel matters and the board went into executive session at 7:40 p.m.
The board returned to open session at 8:14 p.m. Superintendent Rich announced the resignation of Jim Bicker from driving a bus route at the end of this school year and recommended the acceptance of his resignation. Innis made the motion second by Yarnell to accept the resignation as noted. Passed.
Superintendent Rich announced the intention of Larry Langston to resign from driving a bus route at the end of this school year and gave the recommendation to accept this intention. Yarnell made the motion second by Falco to accept the resignation as stated. Passed.
Superintendent Rich recommended for the 2007/2008 school year that Rick Hurst drive the bus route vacated by Jim Bicker, for Bruce Sprenkel to drive the former route of Rick Hurst and to hire Gene Howard to drive the town/alternative route formerly driven by Bruce Sprenkel. Innis made the motion second by Koelling to change bus route drivers as noted and to hire Gene Howard as recommended. Passed.
For the 2007/2008 school year Superintendent Rich recommended to hire Rebecca Bartz to drive the bus route vacated by Larry Langston. Yarnell made the motion second by Innis to hire Rebecca Bartz as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from elementary assistant custodian, Lorraine Stokes expressing her intention to retire as of June 30, 2007 (attached). He recommended accepting her resignation. Koelling made the motion second by Falco to accept the resignation as noted. Passed.
Mr. Rich recommended hiring Dana Johns as assistant cheer sponsor for the 2007/2008 school year. Innis made the motion second by Falco to hire Dana Johns as assistant cheer sponsor as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich recommended rehiring all classified staff that wishes to return for the 2007/2008 school year (list attached). Innis made the motion second by Falco to rehire classified staff for 2007/2008 as noted. Passed.
Superintendent Rich recommended increasing classified salaries by 3% to the base on the salary schedule for the 2006/2007 school year (attached). Falco made the motion second by Yarnell to raise classified salaries for 2006/2007 as stated. Passed.
Superintendent Rich recommended increasing the base of the certified salary schedule by $1,000.00 for the 2006/2007 school year and for 2007/2008 to add a step increment for the 19th year of service to the certified schedule (attached). Yarnell made the motion second by Koelling to adopt the proposed changes in the certified salary schedules as recommended. Passed.
The financial reports were reviewed.
Innis made the motion to adjourn with a second by Koelling. Passed.
The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.