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The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Thursday evening. After the approval of the agenda and communications, Superintendent Steve Bryant had Ms. Wisdom update the Board on Serendipity. The theme this year was Bon Appétit, and there were 44 presenters even though the weather threatened throughout the day it was not a total washout. The Dent County Fire Protection District was not able to have their presentation due to being on storm watch. In legislative issues, Bryant stated that the house and senate could not reach an agreement on funding and virtually put the measure back on DESE, but stated that there would still be a shortage of revenues for the state which would amount to about a 4% reduction in funding. Bryant said that R-80 would use a 6% reduction rate in setting budgets for next year. Bryant stated that summer school would go on as usual from June 1st through the 25th for grades kindergarten through seventh grade. R-80 applied for the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant through DMG Petroleum and received the grant of $750, which was allocated for junior high textbooks and resource materials. Bryant reported to the Board student recognitions for those receiving a 1 rating at the State Music Festival. They were Alex Bay for a vocal solo, Amber Blaylock for a Clarinet solo, the Mixed Vocal Quartet consisting of Houlie Ibrahim, Mitchell Lo, Colton Malott, Kim Marino and also the Girls' Vocal Double Quartet which consists of Rachel Arts, Hanna Bostic, Alexa Bragg, Amy Huitt, Houlie Ibrahim, Natasha Kruger, Kim Marino and Sarah Medley. The Salem High School finished first for the 7th consecutive year at the district art show in Mountain View. Six students won awards this year at RTI/RTC and they were Amber Kearbey getting the regional award in Breaking Traditions; Billy Hollenbeck took 2nd place district SkillsUSA in Action Skills; Sean Blankenship took 3rd place district SkillsUSA in Automotive Service Technical Information; Patrick Whitbrod took 2nd and 3rd place district SkillsUSA in Technical Drafting, and Patrick Whitbrod and Caetlin Brantley both were awarded to the National Technical Honor Society. Kaylee Mielke took 1st place district SkillsUSA in Cabinetmaking Technical Information, 1st place district TEAM Wood Manufacturing and also took 1st place in the State. Congratulations to these students!! The Board approved the program evaluation on curriculum, along with the CIA on social studies, physical education and Ag Ed. The Board then approved the 2009/2010 budget amendments, the program evaluation for the A+ program which now has an attendance rate of 93.5%, and the Board voted to table any revisions for the A+ student handbook until a later date. The Board was then made aware that a former student from the Class of 75 was going to start a fund-raiser as they wanted to Save The Tiger that used to be in front of the gym. In an update on the Student Random Drug Testing Program, it was noted that 300 students participated in extracurricular activities this year with about 50% of them being tested which cost the district $2,700. The program has run smoothly once again this year with only one refusal and three students that tested positive pending. After talking with the student and well as their parents, it was determined that the positive tests were due to prescription medication. The Board then approved the Special Education Part B Compliance Plan as R-80 has adopted the state motto, and they approved the waiver for Policy GCBDB for the Professional Staff Long Term Leaves and Absences. The Board then accepted the resignations of Jim McDaniel as Transportation Director; Eric Kruppe as Senior High Special Ed; Kathy Pabin as Junior High Special Ed; Cori Farrar as William Lynch Speech Language Pathologist; Vontella Kissir as Senior High Food Service and Juanita Gibbs as Crossing Guard. Three bids were out for propane, which is used at the Junior/Senior High Schools for the 2010/2011 school year and the only bid returned was from Ferrallgas for $1.35 per gallon transport and $1.599 for bobtail. The Class of 2010 had a total of 129 receiving diplomas for the graduation ceremonies and it was noted that the Salem R-80 Board meeting would be held on June 24th and on the fourth Thursday of every month from now on. The Board then voted to go into closed session where they employed the support staff for the 2010/2011 year, Stefanie Billington as the senior high business teacher, and Mitch Lundy as the junior high basketball coach. The meeting was then adjourned.

Sports [TOP]

Felipe Lopez singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to carry the Cardinals to a 6-5 come- from-behind win over the Angels in the rubber match of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Ryan Franklin (3-0) struck out three over two scoreless innings to earn the win for the Cardinals, who took two of three in the set and have won five of their last seven. David Freese finished with three hits, a pair of runs batted in and a run scored for St. Louis, which leads the all-time series, 5-4. The Cardinals have the day off today.

Jason Giambi finished with three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in four as Colorado outslugged Kansas City, 11-7, in the finale of a three-game interleague set from Kauffman Stadium. Mitch Maier was 3-for-5 and knocked in two runs, while Alberto Callaspo had two hits and two RBI and Willie Bloomquist homered for the Royals, who had won three in a row prior to dropping two straight. Zack Greinke (1-5) turned in his shortest outing of the season in defeat, lasting just 3 1/3 innings, charged with nine hits and eight runs -- seven earned. The Royals have the day off today.

The St. Louis Cardinals have placed starting pitcher Brad Penny on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. Penny left Friday's 9-5 win over the Angels after hitting just the 11th grand slam by a Cardinals pitcher in the third inning. He took his warmup throws prior to the fourth before he was replaced by Mitchell Boggs. Penny is 3-4 with a 3.23 earned run average in nine starts this season, his first with St. Louis after splitting the 2009 campaign between Boston and San Francisco.

The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will he held July 12th thru 15th and July 19th thru 22nd from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for girl's entering 9th through 12 grades and from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for girl's entering 6th through 8th grades. The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will be held at the blue field next to the old armory, the cost is $20 per camper and each camper will receive a camp T-shirt. Anyone interested can pickup a form at the Salem High School or call Coach Davison at 729-6641.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Janice Ann Daniel of Salem, age 72, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel, Visitation will be held from 11:00 this morning until service time. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Houston Fellowship Church Building Fund.

Funeral services for Charla Kay “Williams” Lattanzio of Ballwin, age 59, will be held today at 200 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Carty Cemetery in Dent County. Memorials may be made to Our Little Haven.

Funeral services for Dwight Green of Cherryville, age 71, will be held at 1:00 Tuesday at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until service time on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Davisville Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for an afternoon thunderstorms, high of 88.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for an evening shower, low of 68.
Tuesday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for an afternoon thunderstorm, high of 86.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for an evening shower, low of 67.

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