The Salem School board met Feb. 18 and discussed making changes to the board policies as well as expanding the Greyhound bus fleet.
"The School has purchased the Arkansas Model School Board Policies from the Arkansas School Board Association and we are reviewing those, two sections per month, January through April," Salem School Superintendent Ken Rich said.
"We are trying to make sure they match our policies and anything specific to our school. We are adding or taking away policies to make sure they match what we are doing right now. We are reviewing, talking about and looking at options for these policies and in June we will adopt a new set of Salem School Board policies," Rich said.
"Most of it is state law. The School Board Association has put all this into policies to ensure that school boards are following the law. We don't make a lot of changes to them at all; we primarily just want to make sure that anything we are doing specifically at our school will be included in these new policies we adopt," Rich said.
The Salem School Board received bids from two school bus manufacturers for two potential additions to Salem's bus fleet, a passenger bus and a activities bus.
Diamond State International submitted a bid of $71,375 for a 65 passenger bus. The company said upon confirmation, it would take 30-60 days to have the bus ready.
Central State submitted a bid of $74,170 and stated they could not have the bus ready before August.
"The bids are for a 2009 65-passenger regular school bus. Diamond State International can have it delivered in 30-60 days and Central State will not be available until August or September. Diamond International has been the company we have gone with for several years. We have an all International fleet. The new buses have a new engine but other than that not many changes," Rich said.
"The second bus we were looking at was an activities bus. The same two companies, Diamond State International and Central State bid. Diamond State International bid $89,980 and Central State bid $91,295. Once again, with Central State it wouldn't be ready until September. Diamond it would take about 120-150 days after the order. This bus is not stocked and ready to roll like the others are."
The board approved the 65 passenger bid from Diamond State International. Rich also said that after talking to the bus companies about specifications and reviewing the bids, the school board was not ready to make a recommendation on the activities bus.
The board unanimously approved a motion to renew the contracts of both Salem Elementary School Principal David Turnbough and Salem High School Principal Wayne Guiltner for the 2008-09 school year.
Guiltner presented the achievements of several Salem School students to the board for recognition.
"Congratulations to all the band students who auditioned at the All-State auditions held Saturday Feb. 1, in Arkadelphia. All-State students are: Holly Williamson -- third alternate bassoon, Jesse Turner -- first alternate tenor sax, Terra Kinder -- ninth chair concert band, Tyler Casey -- seventh chair symphonic band," Guiltner said.
"The All-State music clinic was held Feb. 13-16 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tyler Casey, Terra Kinder and Jesse Turner preformed during the clinic," he said.
"Congratulations to all the contestants of the Salem School spelling bee. The top three spellers advanced to the county spelling bee. Those students were, John Turney -- first place, Emily Johns -- second place and Dalina Perkey -- third place. The county spelling bee was held at Mammoth Spring's schools on Feb. 5. John Turney was first runner-up at the county spelling bee," Guiltner said.
The board approved two student transfers from Izard County Consolidated to the Salem School.