A public facilities master plan was presented by Salem Superintendent Ken Rich at the Jan. 16 school board meeting.
Phase 1 of the plan, required by the Arkansas Department of Education from all schools to decide appropriation of funds, lists improvement projects from the present through June 30, 2009. The report is due to the state by Feb. 1.
The projects predicted for the 2006-2007 funding year include replacing eight exit signs, replacing two battery packs on emergency lights, installing a surveillance system at the elementary and high schools, resealing and restriping the school parking lot, installing a damper system on the south central heating/cooling unit, replacing tile, building a ticket booth for the football stadium and building a fence around the elementary school's grease pit.
The cost of the 2006-2007 projects is predicted to be $79,460 Rich said.
Rich said the plan isn't necessarily final. "It doesn't mean we have to do everything in this plan. It doesn't mean we can't do more," he said.
Rich said that the items listed had either reached the end of their life cycle, according to the Arkansas Department of Education's Facilities Division, or the district saw it as a priority. "Our facilities are in really good shape," he said.
Rich also announced that Salem has received the ACT Academic Success Award. Salem is one of 16 schools in Arkansas that won the award.
The award is given to schools that significantly increasing the ACT composite score, number of students taking the exam and students prepared for college.
"Once again our composite score (on the December ACT) was over 23," High School Principal Wayne Guiltner said. "It seems like every year we take it there's at least one (score) over 30."
Guiltner also had an article printed recently in The Instructional Leader, a publication of the Arkansas Educational Administrators Association.
The article is about Salem High School's remedial program.
The board voted unanimously to renew Rich's contract as superintendent through June 30, 2009.
Rich recommended the school look in to taking bids on a new school bus to replace school bus no. 17.
Rich also recommended looking into buying a new car for the school's drivers' education program before the next school year.