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May 2007




May 21, 2007


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, May 21, 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, and Koelling

Absent:   Falco

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

The minutes were reviewed for the April 16, 2007, regular meeting.  Yarnell made the motion, second by Koelling to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Ken Rich informed board members of a student expulsion hearing.  He announced that the parent had been contacted by phone and certified letter regarding the hearing.  Mr. Rich stated that the parent had refused the certified letter and informed him that they would not attend the hearing.  Superintendent Rich gave a recommendation that the sixth grade student be expelled for the remainder of the 2006/2007 school year.  Rich handed out a packet of information to each board member.  Board members reviewed the information concerning the student infraction and disciplinary action.  Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to expel the student as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich next discussed the district’s partnership project status for school years 2007 – 2009 and noted that the high school was funded for a new fire alarm system.  He announced that the elementary physical education facility was approved but not funded at this time and that six other projects were disapproved because they were under the $50,000.00 cost level or were considered repairs.  He updated the board on the surveillance system project and commented that all wiring had been in installed at the high school.  He also noted that the new damper system on the heating/cooling system at the high school was in place and functioning well.  He reviewed a bid on the gym curtain and no action was taken.  He informed the board that he would re-apply to the state facilities program for additional funding.

Mr. Wayne Guiltner updated board members on several high school students’ honors and recognitions (attached). 

Superintendent Rich informed the board regarding the 2006/2007 Accreditation Report that both the high school and elementary are fully accredited with no citations.

Mr. Rich discussed current sick leave policies and presented information on current teacher attendance rates.  He announced that he would gather more information and provide cost estimates at the next meeting to look at possible policy changes.

Superintendent Rich discussed Accelerated Reader software program changes made by the district.  A move has been made to go from desktop to web version software, which allows the district total quiz access by paying yearly fees per student.  This would result in less technical problems and downtime for class utilization.  However, he noted that each book must be cataloged with quiz numbers and will require this work to be done over the summer.  He advised that Vickie Langston and Emma Neal would be hired to assist the librarians in this task until completion.

The superintendent advised of a personnel matter and the board retired to executive session at 7:41 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 Carol Oliver, Family and Consumer Science teacher.  He gave the recommendation to accept Mrs. Oliver’s resignation at the end of the 2006/2007 school year as requested.  Koelling made the motion, second by Innis to accept the resignation as recommended.  Passed.

Superintendent Rich recommended to employ Rhonda Huddleston as Family and Consumer Science teacher for the 2007/2008 school year.  Innis made the motion, second by Yarnell to extend a contract to Rhonda Huddleston as recommended.  Passed.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich showed board members the proposed school reclassifications for the school years 2008 – 2010 from the Arkansas Activities Association.

Mr. Rich announced that high school English teacher Amanda Man wishes to start a Drama Club and stated her intentions are well supported.

Mr. Rich also expressed the need to purchase another zero turn radius lawnmower to expedite the upkeep of school grounds and received approval from the board.

Superintendent Rich also displayed the new school bus recently purchased to the board.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.