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January 2008




January 21, 2008



The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, January 21, 2008 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 December 17, 2007 regular meeting were reviewed.  Coffman made the motion, second by Innis to approve the minutes as written.  Passed.


First on the agenda was the public hearing regarding the district’s ten-year master facilities plan.  Superintendent Ken Rich discussed a list of possible capital projects planned over the next ten years and then recommended to approve the attached ten-year facilities plan.  Koelling made the motion, second by Falco to approve the plan as recommended.  The Chairman called for discussion.  There were no comments from the public regarding the 10-year facilities plan.  Passed.


Superintendent Rich went over corrections made to student handbooks and board policy (attached) after the recent standards review.  He gave the recommendation to the board to adopt the changes as noted effective immediately.  Innis made the motion, second by Coffman to adopt the changes as recommended.  Passed.


Superintendent Rich recommended to renew the School Board Legal Liability insurance policy for the term from 02/01/08 through 02/01/09 at a premium of $3,819.00.  Innis made the motion, second by Falco to renew the insurance policy as stated.  Passed.


The board reviewed the 2005/2006 Audit Report.  Superintendent Rich noted it was a good audit with no reportable conditions found.


Board members reviewed a list of the current school bus fleet with mileage records.  Superintendent Rich announced that he would like to look at the purchase of both a route bus and a trip bus that he would put out for bidding to be returned by the February regular meeting date.


Superintendent Rich announced that the Salem High School has been featured as a Bronze Medal School in a recent US New and World Report article.  This distinction was awarded to 1,086 high schools from a total of over 18.000 in the nation.  He noted this was a very great honor and congratulated all faculty and students on their accomplishment.


The board retired into an executive session at 7:23 p.m. to consider the superintendent’s contract.  Open session convened at 7:55 p.m.


Board President Burton Yarnell gave the recommendation to extend the contract of Ken Rich as superintendent until June 30, 2011.  Coffman made the motion, second by Falco to extend the contract as recommended.  Passed.


Next, Superintendent Rich announced several student recognitions.  The December ACT testing composite average was 21.07.  Several senior high band members competed at regional and made all-region honors.  They will go on to compete for all-state recognition.  Also, the Salem Cheerleaders competed recently and placed second in their region competition and will advance to state competition in February.


Superintendent Rich presented a petition of transfer for a student from the Highland district and recommended approval.  Innis made the motion, second by Koelling to accept the transfer.  Passed.


Next was a petition of transfer of a student from the Izard County Consolidated district that Superintendent Rich presented to the board.  Coffman made the motion, second by Falco to accept the transfer as presented.  Passed.


The financial reports were reviewed.


The first two sections of the School Board Model Policies were reviewed with board members.


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


The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.