The annual public meeting of the Salem School District was held on Sept. 15. Superintendent Ken Rich welcomed those in attendance and reported on personnel changes for the 2008-09 school year.
Rich reported that the school district is fully accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education and the North Central Association. The district also met adequate yearly progress in all areas as required by No Child Left Behind legislation. Rich reported that the district will use a new software program called SchoolReach, which will allow the district to record a message and simultaneously send it to a list of phone numbers. In addition, Rich reported on the condition of school district facilities, parental involvement, vending revenue and expenditures. He concluded by discussing the school district goals, which are included in the school district's Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan (ACSIP).
Elementary principal, David Turnbough, reported an enrollment of 388 students in the elementary school. He also gave updates on curriculum changes, student achievement on state and national exams, federal program funds and ACSIP goals for the 2008-09 school term.
High School principal, Wayne Guiltner, reported an enrollment of 357 students in the high school. Guiltner also gave updates on curriculum changes, student achievement on state and national exams, Perkins grant, the Children's Internet Protection Act, and ACSIP goals for the 2008-09 school term.
Rich concluded the public meeting by passing out an overview of the district's gifted and talented program and taking questions and comments from the audience.