An estimate to repair a Salem School District school bus damaged in a Feb. 11 collision was given to the Salem School Board Feb. 21.
Salem Superintendent Ken Rich said it will cost approximately $4,954 to repair the 1994 model school bus rear-ended on Highway 9 by a tractor trailer, 4 1/2 miles north of Salem.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the bus was stopped at a student's house when it was hit at 3:20 p.m.
Three students and the bus driver suffered minor injuries.
Rich said repairs cannot begin until he receives a retail value estimate for the bus. He said he hopes to have the bus back in operation in the near future.
The Salem School Board unanimously agreed to renew the contracts of High School principal Wayne Guiltner and Elementary School principal David Turnbough for the 2005-06 school year.
This will be Turnbough's seventh year as elementary principal with the Salem School District and Guiltner's second year as high school principal.
Board members accepted a bid to buy a new school bus from Ward Transportation.
Rich said Ward Transportation's bid of $52,629 was the lowest bid submitted. The new bus will join the school's fleet of buses next year.
The board agreed to change the scheduled March 17 teacher inservice day to March 18 at the request of Rich.
He said the change will allow students an extra day of spring break without interruption. The school district's spring break is scheduled for March 21-25.
The Salem School District received a $27,271 state grant for a distance learning program, Rich said.
The distance learning lab will be located in the high school computer lab.
Rich said a mobile computer lab with 16 laptop computers has been set up to accommodate high school students who need to use the distance learning lab.