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The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Thursday evening in the High School Library. Greg Nash was elected as President of the Board, Wade Jadwin was elected Vice President, Bernie Sirois was elected Secretary and Jack Blackwell was elected Treasurer. During the discussion of the building projects schedule, Bryant said that the new proposal would call for a $9 million dollar bond issue and asked the Board to review the proposal and that it would be addressed at the May meeting where the Board will be asked to make a motion as to whether or not to put it on the November ballot. In old business, the Board approved using the Cooperating School Districts Purchasing Guide, which is guide for school districts across the state for purchasing school supplies. The goal is to shop local but at the same time use it as a guide to get the best buys for the tax dollars for the district. During new business, first graders are now required to have an eye exam as part of that physical. The District was audited by the State and their immunization records were all current. There are plans to get the medical emergency equipment updated at the schools, plus have more of the staff trained in CPR as well as in asthma training. The health insurance rates went up 17.3 percent on the basic plan. The Board approved to still pay the rate for the employees plus $1.00 with the extra one dollar to be used for a Health Wellness Program. The Board approved the meal prices for the 2008-2009 school year with everything increasing 25 cents, and the Board approved the request for transportation from the Project Graduation Committee. The Board approved the program evaluation on facilities and grounds. Plans for this summer include paving and lighting at the Upper Elementary School parking lot, a roof on the east portion of the Lower Elementary, and the removing of some trees west of the Ag building. Bryant said work would be done on the football field as it will be re-crowned, have a new water system installed, then have Bermuda grass planted on it. The improvements will be paid for with money from activities & donations. The Board discussed moving the Alternative Program, Credit Recovery and ISS to a new location together. It was discussed that it would be better for those classes to all be together and to use the current Central Offices location. The Central Offices would be moved to the old Prestige Golf property. The plan is to do most all the work in-house starting with the Central Office first and then have the classes ready for use when school starts next year. It was noted that it was the best plan financially and the best plan for the educational purpose of those students as well. The Board accepted the resignations of High School Math Teacher Vivian Russell and High School Paraprofessional Winnie Armstead at the end of the school year. The Board then approved the Student Accident Insurance which is the same as last year, and approved to change to Town & Country Bank for their Bank Depository Services. The Board approved the RTI/RTC students an Embedded Credit, which is a credit within the class based on the fact that they spend one hour a day in travel time to and from school and thus do not have that one hour in order to obtain that credit. The Board then went into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and discipline. In Closed Session, the Board of Education voted to re-employ the non-certified support staff and extra duty personnel, which includes coaches and sponsors.

The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. At the meeting, District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5615 and 6420 and grading would be done and material would be hauled to Dent County Roads 2460 and 2470. District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that grading would be done in the Howes Mill area on Dent County Road 4380. Tune also said that FEMA has still not done anything about Dent County Roads 2240, 2300 and 2540, which remained closed due to washouts. Tune said the district is going to go ahead and proceed with getting those roads re-opened. He said that crews would be replacing pipes and working on the ditches and shoulders of each road. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended an Ozark Riverways Solid Waste Management Board Meeting on Tuesday and at that meeting it was reported that a recycling day will be held in Salem on October 18th for larger items such as stoves, refrigerators and washing machines.  Skiles also attended a Homeland Security Oversight Committee meeting yesterday afternoon in St. James. All three Commissioners also attended the Dent County Cattleman’s Legislative meeting that was held last night in the Bank of Salem Courtesy Room. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and it is open to the public.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Salem, KSMO Radio and the Salem News all invite you to come out this Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 to 1:00 at the Salem High School Gym for the 5th Annual Business Expo. Currently over 45 businesses have signed up and will be displaying as well as demonstrating a variety of services and products that are available. You can have your child fingerprinted and sign to win gift certificates and prizes. That is this Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Salem High School Gym for the 5th Annual Business Expo.

Sports [TOP]

Jonathan Batchelor went for 4-4 that included a two-run home run and four RBI as Ava routed Salem, 9-1. The Tigers fall to 4-2 on the year and 2-2 in the SCA. They will be at Houston Monday.

Prince Fielder's first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, lifted Milwaukee past St. Louis, 5-3, in the finale of a three-game set from Busch Stadium. Ryan Ludwick was 4-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored for the Cardinals. Brad Thompson (1-1) took the loss in relief. Starter Kyle Lohse allowed five hits and two runs over seven-plus innings in the no decision and helped his cause with a two-run base hit. The Cardinals will face the San Francisco Giants tonight at 7:00, tomorrow at noon and Sunday at 1:00 and you can hear all three games on KSMO Radio.

Garret Anderson stroked a three-run double and Jon Garland pitched well into the seventh inning as the Angels ended a pesky losing streak to the Royals by holding on for a 5-3 victory. Brett Tomko (1-2) was charged with six hits and five runs through seven innings to suffer the loss. The Royals placed left-handed starter John Bale on the 15-day disabled list (arm) Thursday and right-handed reliever Joel Peralta from Triple-A Omaha. The Royals will be in Oakland this weekend.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Philadelphia 10, Houston 2
Cincinnati 9, Chicago 2
Atlanta 8, Florida 0
New York 3, Washington 2 (14 inngs)
Colorado 2, San Diego 1 (22 inngs)
Boston 7, New York 5
Baltimore 6, Chicago 5 (10 inngs)
Cleveland 11, Detroit 1
Texas 4, Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 3
Seattle 8, Oakland 1

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Elva Lucinda Wedding of Rolla, age 81, will be held today at 11:00 at the James & Gahr in Rolla. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery.

Funeral services and visitation for Elberta H. Volner of Branson, formerly of Forsyth, age 83, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Edmond R. Barga of Rolla, age 63, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the James and Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Funeral services for Eva Jo Bradford of Rolla, age 72, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the James and Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Funeral services for Roy T. Charles of Rolla, age 85, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Rolla.

Funeral services for Marjorie E. Sutter of Rolla, age 79, will be held Monday at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Anutt Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Anutt Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with virtually a 10% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high around 60.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for light showers and drizzle, low of 45.
Saturday..30% chance for light showers early, then partly sunny, high of 62.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 47.
Sunday..Mostly sunny and warm, high of 75.

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