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The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their re-organizational and regular monthly meeting Thursday evening. After certification of the election results, new board members Holly Erway, Drew Whitaker and Larry Maxwell were sworn in. Superintendent Steve Carvajal then acted as temporary chairman as the board elected Bernie Sirois as board president, Dustin Howard as vice-president, Carrie Snyder as Secretary and Chris Heavin as Treasurer. Larry Maxwell was elected the MSBA delegate and Holly Erway as the alternate. The board than moved into the regular meeting and Carvajal updated the board on projects still being completed and told the board that at next month’s meeting, the board would go for a tour of the building. The nHigh school is on schedule and the middle school is expected to be complete between June 15th
and the first of July. During reports, a total of 78 children where enrolled for kindergarten next year and 43 preschoolers were screened at the William Lynch Elementary. The Upper Elementary had 13 students represent Salem at the MCTM Regional Math Contest. On April 12th
about 65 of the 5th
graders competed in the Jefferson City Music Contest and received a 1 rating. At the Salem Junior High the Mixed Choir received a superior 1 rating at the Mid-MO Music Contest. Then at the Salem Senior High School, the band received a 1 rating at the State Music Contest as did the Chamber Choir. Haley Cason, Sydney Wood, the Girls Double Quartet, Boys Quartet and a mixed ensemble also got a 1 rating and will now move on to state. The Quiz Bowl team, with just one varsity and the rest junior varsity playersm finished in 2nd
place at districts. Currently teacher evaluations are done at the end of the school year, but starting next year, evaluations will be ongoing throughout the year and will include all staff members, as these are state level changes. The board then approved meal prices for 2014-2015 and they are the same as last year, and tuition for 2014-2015 was also set the same as last year. The board then approved the MSBA board policy updates with the exception of one that does not apply to Salem. The board then accepted the retirements of Wanda Nickles from high school art, Danny Pryor as custodian, Marjorie Wilbur from high school English and David Blankenship from maintenance. The board also accepted the resignations of Sean Guffey as 7th
grade football coach, Amanda Akins from food service, Melissa Crowe as 5th
grade special education and Tori Parker as pre-school developmental aide. The board then voted to go into closed session to discuss personnel.
The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their regular meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 7:00 pm. After approval of the agenda, at the last Board meeting, the Board wanted a larger variety of bids on different types of tractors and lawnmowers for the cemetery and park. Sealed bids were taken and Interim City Administrator Ray Walden will present those bids to the Board. The Board will then canvass the Official Certificate of Election Results of the Municipal Election held April 8th. City Attorney William Camm Seay will then present Resolution #3-2014 declaring the results and the Board will approve the resolution. Mayor Gary Brown will then direct City Clerk Mary Happel to administer the Oath of Office to the newly elected officials; J.J. Tune as Mayor; Ryan Whitaker as an East Ward Alderman and Molly C. Zettel as a West Ward Alderman. In accordance with Section 110.050 of the Code of Ordinances, the Board of Alderman shall appoint one member of the Board to be President of the Board of Alderman and this must be approved by a majority of the members of the Board. Walden will then update the Board on items concerning the City of Salem and Mayor J. J. Tune will the give his report. Superintendent Emory is requesting permission to repair a pump at the treatment plant, as the quote is $5,838, which is over the $3,000 limit and needs approval. Walden would then like to present a Reserve Fund Balance Policy from the discussion at the workshop that was held April 14th for Board approval. The Board will then adjourn the meeting. The regular meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman to be held tonight is open to the public.
The Missouri Conservation Commission approved regulation changes at it’s April 17th meeting in Jefferson City that will reduce the availability of firearm antlerless deer hunting permits from “any number” in most of the state to one in most of the state. Exceptions to this regulation change allow hunters to fill two firearm antlerless deer permits in Chariton, Randolph, Macon, Linn, Sullivan, and Adair counties, which surround the area where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found in a small number of deer in Macon County. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), continuing to maintain stable deer numbers in this “CWD Containment Zone” will help limit the spread of the disease to other deer and other areas. Other areas where hunters can fill two firearm antlerless deer permits include urban zones around the state where deer numbers are typically higher than desired, and in Barton, Howell, and Oregon counties where local deer numbers are higher than deer management goals. The regulation changes are scheduled to become effective for the 2014 fall deer-hunting season. Details on these changes can be seen at mdc.mo.gov.