Salem Superintendent Bob Foster told the Salem School Board July 21 the asbestos removal from the high school building was complete.
Other summer campus improvements included installing ceiling tile and new insulation at the high school, constructing the new storage building, painting football bleachers, erecting a new standing seam metal roof over the old high school roof and installing floor tile.
In other action, bids for goods and services were opened for the 2003-04 school year. The board voted and accepted a fixed bid for propane from Synergy Gas; a bid was accepted for bread products from Interstate Brands; a bid was accepted for mop and mat services from Cintas.
The board granted Foster permission to negotiate a contract for milk products because no bids were received.
High school principal Ken Rich reported on recent ACT testing results and discussed the college remediation status of Salem graduates. The board voted and approved a technology plan for the school district which Rich presented.
The board met in special session July 11 to adopt a resolution authorizing the issuance and delivery of bonds for the purpose of debt restructuring for the district.
Jack Truemper of Stephens Inc. informed the board of the bond bids received and recommended the bid from Wells Fargo Brokerage Services for bonds issued in the amount of $1,740,000 at a true interest rate of 2.917227 percent with maturity in the year 2015. The board adopted the resolution.
Foster said the purpose of the resolution was to bring Salem schools in compliance with Amendment 74, passed in 1996, which requires all public schools to dedicate 25 mills to maintenance and operations expense.
Foster announced Salem schools were presented a certificate for their participation in the American Intercultural Student Exchange program.
In the past few years foreign exchange students have attended Salem schools, Foster said. The group that sponsored the students awarded the certificate of appreciation, he said.