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The Salem R-80 Board of Education met for their regular meeting at the district administrative boardroom Thursday night. After the school year calendar hearing in which the administration said that next year would begin on August 19th and snow days will be built into the school year instead of just being at the end, Superintendent Steve Bryant said that the state has indicated that schools should anticipate a loss of revenue from the state. Originally the state said to figure about a two percent reduction, but now say that schools may actually want to figure as much as a ten percent reduction of state funds. Bryant said that that the state may not fund summer school based on attendance as in years past, but the district will prepare for it. If it is not funded, the district would only offer remedial classes and credit recovery classes.  Bryant said that Salem’s revenues currently exceed their expenses, but the school district still has some large payrolls for the year. Even with that, the budget should be OK. The board recognized the SCA Match and Science Relay team for taking the SCA crown for the 12th time in the last 18 years, and the World  Youth Science and Engineering Team for taking 3rd place in the WYSE competition. Bryant said the Board would apply for the DMG Petroleum Education Grant for $750 from Dean Garver, the new owner of the Mobil station in Salem. In old business, the Board of Education policies were again tabled at the request of the administration. Bryant recommended to the board to fund the Career Ladder Plan as there may be funds this year, but may not be any next year. Even if that happens, Bryant said that the board should consider continuing the local portion of the plan. The Board reviewed the Booster Club Financial Reports as requested by the schools auditor for the Volleyball Booster Club, Softball Booster Club, Band Booster Club and the 12th Tiger Club. It was reported that the Basketball Booster Clubs did not submit financial reports for this year, and did not submit them from last year either. The board approved the use of two busses for Project Graduation and set the organizational meeting after the April Municipal Board Election for April 13th at 6:00. The board accepted the resignations of janitor Edna Cooksey, Assistant Softball Coach Jimmy Stevens, teacher Mike Gibson, Secondary Business Education Teacher Michael Farrar, 4th Grade Teacher Christina Jackson, teacher Robert Stagner and para-professional Randy Rumpf. The board approved the Career Ladder waiver for Stephanie Floyd and also the renewing the MSBA Policy Service Agreement for $1,710. The board approved an agreement with LJ Hart and Company to remain the school’s underwriter if they decide to try to pass another bond issue in the future. With this agreement, if the school should decide on a different underwriter, the school would owe LJ Hart and Company about $104,000. The board approved the 2010-2011 school calendar before Superintendent Steve Bryant passed out Letters of Recognition from Representative Jason Smith to the school board members. The board then went into closed session where they voted to hire all certified staff and recommended coaching and extra-duty staff. Additionally, after conducting a candidate search, Mr. John McColloch was selected as the new assistant superintendent with a 6-0 vote. The meeting was then adjourned.

An accident occurred at 2:20 Saturday afternoon in St. Francois County on Rosener Road at Highway 67. According to the highway patrol report, a 1995 Hyundai Accent driven by 25 year-old Amanda Mullins of Salem was traveling on the highway and attempted to make a right turn while going too fast. The Hyundai began to skid and struck a roadway sign before traveling off the right side of the roadway. Mullins suffered minor injuries and was taken by St. Francois County ambulance to Parkland Health Center. She wasn’t wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Hyundai Accent sustained minor damage and was removed from the scene by Marlers.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers SCA Tournament is scheduled to start today at 4:00 against Cabool. The second-round games will be held in Houston and the finals in Mountain Grove. KSMO will not broadcast the SCA Tournament games.

The 2010 Salem Track Season will start today as they will be at Rolla starting at 4:00 today.

Da'Sean Butler posted a game-high 28 points with eight rebounds as second-seeded West Virginia reached the Sweet 16 by downing 10-seed Missouri, 68-59, in an East Region clash. Michael Dixon registered 15 points for the Tigers (23-11), who had topped Clemson on Friday in the first round and finished their season with three losses in four games. J.T. Tiller had 13 points while both Kim English and Zaire Taylor scored 10 apiece in defeat.

Patric Hornqvist and Dustin Boyd score 48 seconds apart in the third period as the Nashville Predators rallied for a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Carlo Colaiacovo had a goal and an assist while David Perron also lit the lamp for the Blues, who had won two straight coming in. Chris Mason stopped 36 shots in the loss.

Yesterday's St. Louis Cardinal game against the Atlanta Braves was cancelled due to rain. The Cardinals will play the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox today in split squad games.

Wilson Betemit's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth helped Kansas City claim an 11-11 tie with Colorado in Cactus League action. Alberto Callaspo collected three hits and drove in two runs, while Josh Fields and Brian Anderson also knocked in a pair for the Royals. KC will play the Chicago White Sox this afternoon.

The St. Louis Rams have signed long snapper Chris Massey and running back Kenneth Darby.

The 2010 St. Louis Cardinals pocket schedules are available at local sponsors around town and in the front lobby of the KSMO Radio Station.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Glen D. Hoodenpyle of Salem, age 87, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jadwin Cemetery.

Funeral services for J.R. Manning of Bixby, age 63, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Alma James of Rolla, age 88, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Rolla. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the James Community Cemetery in Vienna. Memorials may be made to the James Community Cemetery.

Military Honors will be held for James “Jamie” Marcus Hagler of Linn, age 41, Wednesday at 5:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00. Memorials may be made to the Thomas Christopher Freeman and Hope Hagler Scholarship Fund.

Funeral services for Mary Jean Peterson of Salem, age 71, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Dry Fork Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Ruth Ellen Bisbee of Cuba, age 85, are incomplete at this time, and are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy this morning with a 20% chance for rain, then clearing this afternoon, high of 52.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 35.
Tuesday..Patchy fog possible early, then mostly sunny, high of 65.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 41.
Wednesday..Partly sunny, high of 61.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy, low near 40.

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