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The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their meeting Thursday night. After adding a couple of items to the agenda, the Board approved the agenda and consent agenda. Superintendent Cindy Rumpf then presented Certificates of Appreciation to each of the Board members for their service to the students of the district. Rumpf then updated the Board on the filings that ended on Tuesday. There are two seats available on the Board and three people have filed for those seats. Those filing included incumbents Chris Heavin and Carrie Snider as well as Barry Wainwright has also filed. There was a video presentation on PBIS, which stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Support, at the Upper Elementary along with various members of the teams implementing PBIS. Members of the Board asked questions about the program as well as giving very positive support for the program. The Social Studies EOC scores were presented showing a score of 77% advanced & proficient this year compared to 65% last year, and a 23% score for basic & below basic. There were two students that received perfect scores and they were Ashley Crocker and Samuel Gale. After a brief analysis of the budget, Rumpf noted that overall Salem R-80 is in good shape. Rumpf then updated the Board on the Superintendent Search. A total of 14 applications have been requested, but none have been returned at this point. The Board then saw an MSBA update via video and a discussion was held on the District getting ready to enter into MSIP 5. The comparison was made that with MSIP 1 through 4, reviews were every five years, but with MSIP 5, districts would be reviewed annually. Rumpf reported that the rural school administrators would like to continue the Junior High Football Cooperative. The Judson-Young Foundation made a donation of $25,000. The donation was to be split with $7,000 going to the baseball field, $1,000 is going to the Golf Team and $17,000 was to go to the Strategic Plan of supplies and equipment. It was noted that more Clickers would be purchased. In New Business, the Board approved 6-0 the Board Policy GBH, the "Amy Hester" Act focusing on appropriate communication between school personnel and students via electronic media. Although Salem R-80 has a policy in place, this policy provides the most up-to-date information for such a policy. The Board accepted the retirement of Patricia Happel with Food Service effective July 1, 2012. The Board then approved 6-0 a resolution to support the State of Missouri Vision Project plan for education. The Board had previously advertised for phone bids for the school district. A total of three bids were received and reviewed and the Board voted to go with Advanced Telephone out of Conway for $63,500. Advanced Telephone has been working with the current system for the past few years and was the only company submitting a bid that met all the requirements that the district had asked for. Work is expected to begin at the end of the current school year and be ready for operation at the start of school in the fall. There will also be enough time upon completion for two weeks of training for staff members before the school year begins. The Board then talked about formulating a way for Board members to gain more information and training of how to be better school board members. The Board then voted to go into Closed Session for the purpose of discussing personnel.

Turkey hunters have until February 29th to apply for managed hunts during Missouri’s 2012 spring turkey season. All 19 managed turkey hunts are listed in the “2012 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information" booklet. The booklet and website have application instructions, outlook information on Missouri’s turkey population, conservation areas where turkey hunting is allowed, related regulations and more. The print version of the booklet will be available from hunting permit vendors and at Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offices in mid-February. The booklet, along with other information on spring turkey hunting, is available online at by searching “Spring Turkey Hunting.” In addition to 11 hunts open to all firearms turkey hunters, this year’s offerings include a managed hunt for archers, five hunts for youths age 11 through 15 and two hunts for people with disabilities. Managed hunts will take place during the youth turkey season, March 31st to April 1st, or regular turkey season, April 16th through May 6th. Hunters may apply individually or in groups of up to three for most hunts. An individual applying as a member of a party has the same chance of being drawn as someone who applies alone. Successful applicants will receive notice of their hunt dates and other information by mail. Drawing results will be posted March 14th through May 6th. For the youth hunt and the hunt for people with disabilities at Smithville Lake, applications should be made by phone by calling (816) 858-5718. To apply for the hunt for people with disabilities at Bois D’Arc CA, call (417) 742-4361. Applications for other hunts should be made online at

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tigers gave Rolla everything they could handle Friday night for three quarters leading the Bulldogs at that time, 47-43, but Rolla outscored Salem 21-6 in the fourth quarter and beat Salem, 64-53 in the St. James Tournament. Jay Zalis had 24 points to lead the Bulldogs while Jacob Kettner led Salem with 19 points. In the 3rd place game Saturday night in St. James, four Salem Tigers were in double figures, but the defense couldn’t stop Sullivan as the Eagles beat Salem, 73-58. Chad Elliott and Jacob Kettner each had 15 points for Salem and Cody Whitaker added 14 more. Salem is 5-11 on the year and they will face Cabool tonight in the first round of the Mountain Grove Tournament. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at

The Salem Lady Tigers rallied from a 19-point deficit Friday night but could not overtake the Licking Lady Wildcats, losing by the score of 55-52. Courtney Putman had 13 points in the game while Kaitlyn Wells added 12 more. Salem is 2-14 on the year. The Lady Tigers have a makeup game at Cabool Tuesday at 5:00 and it will be a varsity game only.

Ricardo Ratliffe scored 27 points, Phil Pressey had 18 and 5th ranked Missouri held on to hand 3rd ranked Baylor its second straight loss, 89-88, on Saturday. Marcus Denmon added 15 points, including the free throw with 4.5 seconds left that counted as the difference as Missouri (18-1, 5-1 Big 12) won its fourth straight game since losing to Kansas State two weeks ago. Missouri will play at Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

David Backes had two goals and two assists as St. Louis continued Buffalo's road woes with a 4-2 win at Scottrade Center. B.J. Crombeen and David Perron each scored for the Blues, who have won four straight and eight of their last nine games. Jaroslav Halak made 19 stops for the win. The Blues will be in Detroit tonight to face the Red Wings at 6:30 and KSMO will join this game in progress following the Salem game.

The St. Louis Blues have rewarded All-Star goaltender Brian Elliott with a two-year contract extension. Elliott has posted a 15-5-1 record and 1.68 goals-against average in 22 games this season. He has already tied a career high with five shutouts. Elliott has allowed the fewest goals (36) and suffered the fewest losses among goaltenders with at least 20 starts.

Attention Parents of All Boys and Girls currently enrolled in the First through Sixth Grade. The City of Salem Winter Youth League Basketball Program is just around the corner. Sign-ups will be held in the front lobby of the Salem Freedom Activity Center (formerly the National Guard Armory) located at 1201 West Rolla Road today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Sign-ups will also be held on Thursday, January 26th and Friday, January 27th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and the FINAL SIGN-UP will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 9:00 am until 12:00 (NOON). These will be the ONLY sign-ups and the cost is $20.00 per child. For more information about the City of Salem Winter Youth League Basketball Program, contact the City of Salem Parks & Recreation Director Greg Nash by calling 729-6290.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral Service for Goldie D. Ludlow, age 83, of Brookfield, Missouri will be Saturday at 11:00 am at the James & Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the James & Gahr Chapel. Internment wil be in the North Lawn Cemetary in Salem.

Funeral services for Mary ‘Linda’ Dablemont of Columbus, OH and formerly of Rolla, age 73, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Visitation will be held Friday night from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Wynn Maxwell Cemetery. 

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny early, mostly sunny in the afternoon and breezy, high of 46.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 26.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 51.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 32.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, high of 45.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, low of 33



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