Salem School District may be eligible for grant money to go toward school renovations and the Special Education Program because of the poverty level in the area.Superintendent Bob Foster made the announcement at the Salem School Board Meeting Nov. 19 and said if the grant is approved it would be funded February of 2002.The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has invited school districts to submit proposals for federal funding under the School Renovation, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Technology Grants. The amount of $10,907,939 is available for awards through the grant process. Seventy-five percent of that amount is to be awarded for emergency repair and school renovation projects. Priority goes to school districts serving the greatest number of high poverty families and schools located in communities and areas of the state with fewer than 2,500 residents. The ADE established that 25 percent of the grant funds will be available to school districts to supplement program needs for students served under IDEA programs.The grant for the renovation could be as high as $150,000, according to Foster.Foster suggested to use some of the money, if the grant is approved, to replace the lights in the old high school. The light fixtures are too old and trying to get parts on older items is almost impossible, said Foster. And some of the bathrooms are in need of repair.In other business, the Salem School Board recommended a 10th grade student be expelled from school until fall of 2002-2003 school year under the controlled substance policy.A request was granted for one student transfer from the Highland District and three students to transfer from the Izard County School District to Salem.