Salem School Board takes action to “future proof” technology

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Salem School Board was held on Monday, May 15. After the approval of the minutes, High School principal, Cody Curtis, provided a student recognition report:

Curtis began by recognizing the local businesses that made the 2017 Ready Set Graduate program a success.

The track report was next and starting with junior high, he noted that girls and boys were district champions. The senior high girls were district runner-ups and the boys were district champions. Trevor Falco won his second 3,200 meet 2A State Championship, which automatically makes Falco an all state runner. Falco also placed sixth in the Meet of Champions (class 7A-1A) and achieved a personal record time. Anthony Puerta placed third in the 800-meter run.

In softball, they were the co-conference champions, district tournament champions, advancing to the regional tournaments, where they won the first round and finished fourth in regional. From there, they advanced to the state tournament, and played a great game against Pangburn in the first round, with a very close score of 6 and 5, on Salem.

In baseball, they finished third in the district tournament and advanced to the regional tournament. Curtis noted that they had a very good season.

The Governor’s Scholastic Honor day was May 13. The teachers voted for two senior students to attend the Governor’s Scholastic Honor day, which were Trevor Falco and Jett McCullough.

Superintendent Wayne Guiltner announced that the 2015-16 accreditation report was a success, with the only kink being a citation for Julie Andrews, who finished her accreditation after the report was finalized.

There was discussion on future proofing the technology on campus. This would be enough of an improvement to ensure that there wouldn’t be the need for another update in several years. Guiltner recommended that the board approve the future proofing of the technology, through expanding the bandwidth capability, if an E-Rate grant was approved to cover part of the cost. Barry Abney made a motion to approve the recommendation and Guy Smith seconded the motion. All board members were in approval.

The board went into executive session and upon return, discussed the resignations and employment. Steven Barker was resigning as a bus driver, but would still remain a teacher. The board voted unanimously to accept the resignation.

Sandy Massey had been with Salem School District for 24 years and she submitted her resignation. She noted that it was one of the hardest decisions that she has ever made, and has enjoyed working with the district. The board voted unanimously to accept her resignation.

Guiltner noted there was an application on file by Melissa Morrison who has the same speech and language pathology training that Moser had. He recommended the board approval her hiring, which was voted unanimously in Morrison’s favor.

Thelma Allen is the head cook in the high school cafeteria. Guiltner suggested placing her as the new Food Service Director. The board approved this change unanimously.

With the head cook position of the high school was then open, Guiltner recommended placing Samantha Hutchins, and moving Melissa Ray from an elementary cook to replace the high school cook position. The board unanimously agreed.

Guiltner suggested hiring David Turnbough to work as the program administrator for federal programs. Guiltner noted that Turnbough had been employed with Salem Schools before. The board approved unanimously.

From past meetings, there was still pending approval from the Arkansas Department of Education on the child nutrition food service plan, where OPA will begin providing food services. The ADE accepted the plan.

There was one summer project that needed board approval. There have been 18 gym chairs missing, with several chairs that aren’t in good shape. Guiltner needed approval to replace 242 chairs due to the chairs being 20 years old. There was a bid submitted in the amount of $47,897, which would come from the building fund. Guiltner requested approval so that the chairs can begin to be manufactured. The funding would come from the building fund, which there are more than enough funds available. Karen Coffman made a motion of approval to replace the chairs and Smith seconded the motion.

With nothing further to discuss, Burton Yarnell made a motion to adjourn and Coffman seconded the motion. The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 26, at 6 p.m.

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