New Salem High School Principal Wayne Guiltner faces a daunting task his first year at the helm of the high school -- maintaining the high standards of his predecessor.
Salem High School ranked third overall in end-of-course exams for the 2003-04 school year among AA schools in Arkansas. Salem High School rankings were released by Guiltner at the Salem School Board meeting Aug. 16. Current Salem School District Superintendent Ken Rich was the Salem High School principal when the end-of-the-year exams were administered.
"In the past we've performed well on state tests and we will maintain that standard," Guiltner said.
Guiltner said besides its overall ranking, Salem High School ranked second in algebra scores, fifth in literacy scores and seventh in geometry scores.
In addition to the high school's scores, the Salem eighth graders finished fourth in literacy and math among the 23 area districts of the Northcentral Educational Cooperative. Guiltner said the scores were impressive because the districts in the cooperative include schools from all state classifications.
The end-of-the-year exam scores for Salem Elementary School were as strong as the high school's. Salem Elementary Principal David Turnbough said test results from the 2003-04 ACTAAP exams showed that the fourth and sixth grade classes were well above the state average in math and literacy.
Turnbough said the fourth grade class has ranked second in literacy and math in the Northcentral Coop area for the last three years.
In other Salem School Board business, Turnbough informed the board of the district's plans to comply with Act 35 of the No Child Left Behind legislation passed by Congress last year. He said according to the provisions in Act 35, students who do not perform at a proficient level on the ACTAAP tests must be remediated.
Turnbough said the remediation process will be conducted on an individual basis. He said Act 35 mandates that the parents of remediated students be involved in the process. The Salem School District will purchase computer software to aid remediated students in after school programs.