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Literacy, math: Salem students' strengths¸

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Salem High School continued its trend of solid academic performances by its students last year.

Salem High School Principal Wayne Guiltner said 76 percent of Salem High School students scored at proficient or higher level in algebra during the 2004-2005 school year.

"We are really proud of our students," Guiltner said at the Salem School Board meeting Aug. 15.

In addition to high algebra scores, 71 percent of students tested scored at proficient or advanced level in literacy, and 66 percent of students scored at a proficient or advanced level in geometry.

Guiltner, who has served as Salem High School principal for two years, said the school's goal is to sustain and improve the level of academic achievement by Salem High School graduates.

The Salem School Board adopted a resolution allowing only early voting and absentee balloting in the September school board election.

Superintendent Ken Rich said one board member, Mike Falco, is up for re-election and he is unopposed.

Rich said there are no ballot issues for the public to consider this year.

"It just makes sense because there is really nothing to vote on," Rich said.

An annual public meeting between the Salem School Board, administration and the public is slated to be held Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Salem High School campus.

Rich said the purpose of the meeting is to inform the community about student academic performance, how federal money is being spent, personnel and facilities changes and an Internet child protection report.

"I encourage any parent, guardian or concerned citizen to attend this meeting," Rich said. "Hopefully we can answer any questions the public might have in these areas."

The school board voted unanimously to increase the amount of money paid to substitute teachers, bus drivers and other fill-in positions.

Rich said a substitute teacher will receive $50 per day, an increase of $10 per day from last year.

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