SALEM SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT
April 21, 2008
The Board of Education of the Salem School District #30, state of Arkansas, met in regular session on Monday, April 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, and Coffman
The Chairman declared a quorum present and opened the meeting for business.
The minutes from the March 24, 2008 regular meeting were reviewed. Falco made the motion, second by Coffman to approve the minutes as written. Passed.
The first order of business was a resolution to support the district’s proposed facilities plan for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years presented by Superintendent Ken Rich. Two projects listed were an elementary physical education facility and a dampering system for six classrooms at the high school. Superintendent Rich recommended passing the attached resolution to pay the district’s share of financial participation of these projects if they are approved into the state’s facility partnership program. Coffman made the motion, second by Koelling to pass the resolution as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich presented the district’s technology plan for the years 2009-2012 which was put together by the district’s technology coordinator, Shaun Windsor and gave the recommendation for approval. Koelling made the motion, second by Falco to approve the technology plan (attached) as presented. Passed.
The board reviewed Section 8 of the ASBA model policies pertaining to non-certified personnel.
Innis joined the meeting at 7:25 p.m.
High school principal Wayne Guiltner announced three students would be attending the Arkansas Governor’s School in the summer, Stephanie McCullough, Ed Crews, and Amber Cassidy. He also congratulated the girls’ softball team for bringing home the third place trophy in a tournament over the weekend.
Superintendent Ken Rich spoke to the board regarding new Internal Revenue Service regulations relating to schools 403B annuity plans. More employer involvement is required, and he gave the recommendation to use the company ING as the school’s third party administrator in overseeing and handling these new restrictions and regulations. Innis made the motion, second by Koelling to accept the services from ING as a third party administrator. Passed.
Next, the superintendent discussed the rising cost of food and the impact on the school’s food service account. He recommended an increase in breakfast and lunch prices for the 2008-2009 school year as follows:
Elementary and High School breakfast for students $.80, an increase of $.20
Elementary and High School lunch for students $1.25, an increase of $.35 and $.25 respectively
For adult breakfasts $1.00, an increase of $.20
For adult lunches $1.75, an increase of $.25
He also noted that prices had not been increased since the mid nineties. Coffman made the motion, second by Falco to adopt the breakfast and lunch price increases as noted to become effective the 2008-2009 school year. Passed.
Superintendent Rich discussed planned summer maintenance and renovation projects with the board. These included installation of ceiling tile in the high school, improvements for the baseball and softball fields and parking areas, laying a gravel track around the elementary playground, sealing portions of the asphalt, renovation of bathrooms, installing additional water heaters at both schools, and getting new lunchroom tables at the elementary.
The superintendent advised of some personnel matters to discuss, and the board went into executive session at 7:45 p.m.
The board returned to open session at 8:50 p.m. As a result of executive session, Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from Dorothy Bryant stating her intention to retire at the end of the current school year. Innis made the motion, second by Koelling to accept the resignation as noted. Passed.
To fill the position of elementary secretary vacated by Dorothy Bryant, Superintendent Rich recommended hiring Tena Smith for the 2008-2009 school year. Coffman made the motion, second by Falco to hire Tena Smith as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich read a letter of resignation from maintenance supervisor Paul Switzer announcing his intention to retire at the end of the current school year and recommended to accept the resignation as noted. Innis made the motion, second by Falco to accept the resignation of Paul Switzer. Passed.
To fill the position of maintenance supervisor for the 2008-2009 school year, Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to hire Ray Hollis. Koelling made the motion, second by Coffman to hire Ray Hollis as recommended. Passed.
Next, Superintendent Rich recommended to rehire all classified staff for the 2008-2009 school year on the attached list. Innis made the motion second by Koelling to employ all recommended classified staff. Passed.
Superintendent Rich presented a proposed school calendar (attached) for the 2008-2009 school year and gave the recommendation for adoption. Falco made the motion, second by Innis to adopt the calendar as recommended. Passed.
Superintendent Rich presented salary proposals to add $1,000.00 to the base of the 2007-2008 certified salary schedule and 2.5% to the base of the 2007-2008 classified salary schedule. Falco made the motion, second by Koelling to approve the salary increases for the 2007-2008 school year as proposed (attached). Passed.
Superintendent Rich recommended the payment of a one-time bonus for all staff for the 2007-2008 year as follows:
$350 for certified staff
$175 for classified staff
$90 for bus drivers
Innis made the motion, second by Koelling to approve the one-time bonus payment for 2007-2008 as stipulated above. Passed.
Superintendent Rich gave the recommendation to increase stipends for extracurricular activities for the 2008-2009 school year as specified on the attachment. Coffman made the motion, second by Innis to increase extracurricular activity stipends as recommended for the 2008-2009 school year. Passed.
A petition for student transfer was presented to the board to allow a student to transfer to the Highland district. Innis made the motion, second by Koelling to allow the transfer (attached). Passed.
The financial reports were reviewed.
Superintendent Rich announced that nine days of school had been missed and would be added to the end of the calendar. He stated that he would apply to the state department for a waiver for two days missed due to flooding.
Rich also announced the proposal to change current personnel policy to allow teachers to obtain up to twelve hours of on-line professional staff development through AETN Arkansas IDEAS online professional development program. Falco made the motion, second by Innis to allow up to twelve hours of teacher in-service through AETN’S Arkansas IDEAS online service beginning this summer (attached policy change). Passed.
Koelling made the motion to adjourn, with a second from Innis. Passed.
The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.