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Salem honored for improving test scores

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Staff Writer

The Salem School District's awards for academic achievement continued to flow in Nov. 15 at the Salem School Board meeting.

Superintendent Ken Rich said the Salem Elementary School had been named one of the 12 Best Practice Schools in the state, according to a three-year study conducted by the University of Arkansas.

The study monitored standardized test score gains over a three-year period.

Salem Elementary School Principal David Turnbough was presented with a special flag for the school at a ceremony held in Little Rock.

"I commend Mr. Turnbough and the elementary staff and students for this prestigious recognition," said Rich.

In October the Salem School District finished fifth in the state in an academic rating among all schools.

In other school board business, Rich said the Salem School District was compliant with 120 of the 121 standards the State Board of Education uses to access a school district's overall performance.

Those standards cover a wide range of areas that include general academic standards, teaching certain subjects, class size, health and safety, special programs, instructional materials, calendar approval and other areas.

The one standard which the Salem School District failed to comply with, accepting military identification as a form of identification for a prospective student, will be corrected within the next 60 days, said Rich.

"It's something that was passed recently, allowing new students to use a military ID as a form of identification for enrollment," said Rich. "It was an oversight on our part."

If the problem is corrected, the school district will not be cited, Rich said.

School bus driver Daisy Howard is back at work after recovering from injuries she sustained in a school bus wreck last month, Rich said.Howard injured her shoulder as she traveled south in her school bus on Highway 395 outside of Salem when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

No students were aboard the bus when the accident occurred. Rich said the damaged bus is close to being fully repaired.

Superintendent Rich congratulated the Salem Senior High Football team for a successful season that included a state playoff appearance.

Rich said Coach Wayne Guiltner and his staff should be commended for their hard work, good conduct and great sportsmanship.

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