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December 2007




December 17, 2007


The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, December 17, 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 November 19, 2007 regular meeting were reviewed.  Koelling made the motion, second by Coffman to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.

Superintendent Ken Rich informed board members of the need for a telephone system upgrade.  He reported on pricing information from Century Tel and that E-rate funding could be used as partial reimbursement after July first of 2008. 

Superintendent Rich informed the board of the standards assurance monitoring visit in November and reported that no major violations were found.  Three written policies were found to need some minor revision, and the changes will be made within the sixty-day time constraint.

High school principal Wayne Guiltner reported on November ACT scores and stated the average composite score was 22.2.  He also informed the board that Salem’s FFA chapter had received the 2007 Sweepstakes Award.  Seven junior high band students achieved All-Region status at a recent competition.  Mr. Guiltner also recognized the cheerleaders for competing in a recent statewide cheer competition.

Superintendent Rich informed the board of his plan to implement the Arkansas School Board Model Policies and presented a timeline to review two sections per month at the regular board meetings in the next four months.

Next, Superintendent Rich requested the board’s formal approval of the district’s Ten-year Facilities Master plan and proposed to board members to adopt the attached resolution.  Innis made the motion second by Koelling to adopt the resolution as proposed.  Passed.

The financial reports were reviewed.

Superintendent Rich advised the board that he had contracted attorney Donn Mixon of Jonesboro about providing educational legal advice for the district.  Mr. Nixon submitted a proposal to the district to work on a retainer basis for $250.00 per month.  Mr. Rich recommended to the board to use his services beginning in January of 2008.  Coffman made the motion, second by Falco to use the services of attorney Donn Mixon as recommended.  Passed.

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

The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.