Salem School Board Superintendent Bob Foster announced Feb. 24 that $50,000 in anticipated revenue would be lost to the school district for the remainder of the year.
Foster said Gov. Huckabee informed the public there would be a $62 million shortfall in revenue which trickled down to the school system. "The economy has slowed down," Foster added.
The board discussed the need for the Salem School District to comply with Amendment 74 which requires the district to dedicate at least 25 mills to maintenance and operation. Foster recommended the district wait until legislative issues were settled before making any final decisions. Salem schools are currently at 17 mills.
Upon a recommendation by Foster the board approved extending the contracts for another year for the high school principal, Ken Rich, and elementary principal, David Turnbough.
Foster presented a request for a quitclaim deed from the school district on an acre of land used many years ago as a rural school. The property was abandoned by the school and current owners are asking that clear possession be given. The land is located five miles north of Camp. "We have no use for the land," Foster said. The motion was approved to sign over the land to the current owner.
The board approved waiting until later to finalize snow day makeup changes to the current school calendar pending further winter weather closings.