Salem Superintendent Bob Foster and the Salem School Board discussed improvements being done over the summer at the meeting June 17.
Foster noted the new ceiling tile had been installed in the high school offices and building hallways and the high school lighting renovation project is finished.
He announced sod had been placed on the elementary playground and behind the gymnasium. Also, new fence around the softball field has been installed.
Foster informed the board of the need to replace the worn carpet in the band hall with tile flooring to help with acoustical quality. He told board members the only estimate he received on repairs to the football press box was from Weld-Rite, Inc in the amount of $3,141. The board voted and approved to proceed with the band hall floor project and press box repairs.
The proposed budget of expenditures for the 2003-04 school year was approved.
Foster presented a proposal from Mozark Fire Extinguisher Company to update the dry chemical system in the high school cafeteria with a wet chemical fire suppression system. The board approved the proposal.
After the board returned from 50 minutes in executive session Foster read the resignation of Wade Powell, an elementary teacher and bus driver. Foster gave a recommendation to hire Treva Cotter as an elementary teacher to replace Powell.
The board accepted the resignation and agreed to extend a contract to Cotter for teaching at the elementary school.
Foster read the resignation of high school teacher and coach Chris Cudworth. He recommended Heath Ulmer be assigned the former coaching duties of Cudworth who was assistant senior and junior high football, and assistant baseball coach.
The recommendation was approved by the board.
Foster read letters of commendation from the American Heart Association expressing gratitude to Jon Neal, elementary physical education instructor and students for participating in the Jump Rope for Heart contribution campaign. A second letter was read from the Salem VFW Post complimenting the performance of Mike Cole, band instructor, and band members at their Wall of Honor dedication ceremony held Memorial weekend.