School Board recognizes FFA Teams' accomplishments

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Salem School Board met in regular session on Monday, April 19.

High school principal, Wayne Guiltner, informed the board that two of the FFA teams that competed at the Eastern District CDE competition at Arkansas State University on March 16 placed in the top ten and will advance to state competition.

The teams were Farm Business Management, 2nd place and Land Evaluation, 8th place. Roy Massey scored 1st individual in farm business management; Madison Duff scored 12th individual in land evaluation; and Evan Palumbo placed 3rd individual in electricity.

The board next considered adopting a policy for direct deposit of payroll beginning July 1. Superintendent Rich recommended approving the policy for the district and the board agreed.

Student transfer petitions from three students currently enrolled in the Izard County Consolidated schools were considered and approved by the board.

The board entered into executive session to discuss personnel matters, and upon returning to open session, Rich announced the resignation of Juanita Newman, effective at the end of the current school year.

Rich also shared a letter from Linda Switzer expressing her intention to retire at the end of the school year and a motion was made and passed to move Betty Diehl into the head cook position that Switzer will be vacating for the 2010/2011 school year.

In other personnel notes, Rich recommended the hiring of Cassie Knight as an elementary teacher for the upcoming 2010/2011 school year, which was approved by the board.

In last month's meeting, congratulations were extended to students being named to all conference teams in basketball: Jr. Girls -- Whitney Ward, Paige Hollis and Bailey Lamar; Jr. Boys -- Justus Sparks, Casey York and Hunter Medling; Sr. Girls -- Jamie Bell, Chelsea Maguffee; and Sr. Boys -- Clint Ray. Congratulations were also extended to Chelsea Maguffee for being named all-state.

On March 6, twenty-three students went to the Lyon College Academic Day at Lyon College in Batesville. Lane Hall placed second on the Life Science test and Laura Rodgers was given a Certificate of Achievement for Algebra I. A special thank you was expressed to Amanda Himschoot for taking the students to the Academic Day event.

On March 12, Mr. Cole and the band competed at Jonesboro High School in the concert assessment competition. The band received a composite 1st Division rating and a superior rating in Sight Reading.

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