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November 2007




November 19, 2007


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, November 19, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom on the high school campus.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Yarnell.


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

Absent:  None

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

The minutes from the October 15, 2007 regular meeting were reviewed.  Innis made the motion, second by Falco to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Ken Rich informed the board that the district had received an E-Rate grant in the amount of $8,025 for the 2007-08 school year.  He also informed the board of several items that would be included in the 2008-09 E-Rate application.

Superintendent Rich informed the board of a software program that would allow the district to immediately contact parents by phone, text, or email.  The program could be used in emergencies, inclement weather, to give updates on scheduled events, or provide notice of student absence.  The board agreed that this type of program would benefit the district.  Rich told the board that the program could be in place by next semester.

Superintendent Rich presented two vouchers that had been received from Microsoft.  The vouchers will allow the district to purchase and be reimbursed for $15,750.51 of computer hardware and an additional $15,750.51 of computer software.  The district has until April 15, 2011 to use the vouchers.

Superintendent Rich presented a quote from to develop and host a new website for the school district.  Yourwebpress estimated that they could complete this project for $1,800.  Rich informed the board that he would work with representatives from Yourwebpress to have the new website up and running during the next school semester.

Superintendent Rich reported that the school district had been monitored recently by the Special Education Division of the Arkansas Department of Education.  He informed the board that there were no major violations.  The report included one item that must be addressed by the district in writing.  Rich told the board that LEA Supervisor, Velma Sanderson, would appeal the requirement that the district send in the written documentation.

The board reviewed the 10-year master facility plan project list.  Superintendent Rich informed the board that the master plan update must be submitted to the Department of Education by February 1, 2008.  He also informed the board that the district would host a public hearing to allow for public comment on the facilities plan prior to the February 1st deadline.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Mr. Rich informed the board that the cross-country teams had competed in the State Meet recently and the Sr. Boys team finished eighth in the state.  Courtney Falco and Forrest Rose were named All-State in cross-country based on their performance at the state meet.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.