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The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Thursday evening at the district administrative offices boardroom. Superintendent Cindy Rumpf indicated that the National Honors Society Induction Ceremony will be held on October 10th at 2:00 pm at the High School. She noted during her reports that the district activity calendar is now on the front page of the website and is being updated as needed. She also said that many compliments have been received. In budget updates, Rumpf informed the Board of current economic situations facing the district as reported by L.J. Hart such as Prop C revenues that continue to decline which is a state revenue for the district; the jobless rate is at 9.2% which means a loss of employment taxes paid to the state; that transportation revenue may be entirely gone by 2013; and that summer school funds may get cut this year and it was suggested not to consider summer school for next year. Ideas to help during these difficult times would be for the district to be mindful of cash flow, revenues versus expenditures on a daily basis; amend budgets to reflect state reductions; place classroom trust fund money in Fund 1 which the district has done already, and the hope is that the Jobs Bill money may help support the budget for the year 2012. The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) review is done at least every five years to determine the effectiveness of programs. Salem R-80 will have a mini-review in November due to the continuation of their wavier that is based on student performance on the MAP-EOC assessments. Salem R-80 is preparing for a pre-view visit from area supervisor Tom Nichols, which will take place Friday, September 24th. The CIA-PLC Leadership Teams for Kindergarten addressed their Smart Goals Program. They had set a goal last year of 90% to be reading at or above their level by the end of the year and the goal reached was 98%. Based on last year’s goal, this years goal is 95% and for the first quarter of the school year their current rate is 80%. The Board approved the MUSIC renewal, and the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Salem R-80 Transportation Director/Mechanic Mr. Moreland was in attendance as the Board approved the bus routes for this year. He stated there were several new drivers this year with plenty of subs and two were still in training. It was noted that there is a meeting every month and the driving rules and regulations are discussed. There was a question from the Board such as how close can two busses be to one another traveling in the same direction. Moreland responded that the busses have to be five bus links apart. Moreland asked if using safer ways to travel distances was in the best interest of the district and because at this time transportation is funded by the state, the district has to travel the routes that they deem are the ones to be used, but it will be looked into further. The Board then approved the resignation of Lisa Arzt as a para-professional effective October 1st. The Board then went into closed session.
Captain Kyle Marquart, director of the Division of Drug and Crime Control, announced the arrest of Farrell W. Cross for the 1991 homicide of Tammy Jo Cross. On Wednesday, September 22nd officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 70 year-old Farrell W. Cross at his rural Phelps County residence for the murder of his ex-wife, Tammy Jo Cross. Tammy Cross was shot and killed on or about February 2nd, 1991. Her body was later discovered near a rural Phelps County forestry service road. The crime was investigated jointly by the Phelps County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1991. A continuation of the cold case homicide investigation conducted by members of the Troop I Division of Drug and Crime Control Unit resulted in new information leading to the arrest. The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt.
The Science Channel’s “How Do They Do It” will give a rare look inside lead mining and recycling and will feature the Doe Run Company’s Missouri operations tonight at 9:00 pm and then again on Sunday, September 26th at 4:00 am. Film crews descended more than a thousand feet into Doe Run’s underground mines to capture high definition video footage of ore extraction, from blasting, crushing and extraction to above ground facilities that separate lead from rock and produce high purity lead and alloys.
Local historian Ken Fiebelman’s Volume 7 of the Ozark Heritage History Book, Sesquicentennial Pictorial Edition, was recently released. The book features 3800 photographs and stories never used in previous books. The price is $106.75 by check or money order, and layaways are also available, if it is more convenient. Copies are available at the Ozark Information Center on Highway 19 South in Salem. For additional information contact Ken Fiebelman at 729-5707.
The Salem Lady Softball Tigers received 15 walks en route to an 18-3 win over Richland yesterday at the Salem City Park Field. Salem is now 9-8 on the year and will be at Mountain Grove today at 4:30.
The Salem Varsity Lady Volleyball Tigers dropped a hard fought match to Houston last night in two straight games, 22-25 and 22-25. The JV also lost to Houston, 20-25 and 9-20. The Lady Tigers will host Cabool on Tuesday.
The Salem Football Tigers will be at Mountain Grove tonight to face the Panthers in SCA play. Salem and Mountain Grove are both 2-2 on the year. You can hear the game on KSMO and ksmoradio.com starting with Tiger Talk and Coach Bill Schuchardt starting at 6:30.
The Missouri Football Tigers will be hosting Miami of Ohio tomorrow starting at 1:00 at Faurot Field. KSMO will join the game after Cards Baseball. Missouri is 3-0 on the year.
Albert Pujols hit two home runs as St. Louis took a 9-2 win over Pittsburgh to avoid a three-game sweep at PNC Park. Pujols finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Jeff Suppan (2-7) went five innings to get the win, as he gave up just one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The Cardinals travel to Chicago to start a three game set with the Cubs this afternoon at 1:00 on KSMO.
Sean O'Sullivan pitched six-plus solid innings to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a four-game series. O'Sullivan (3-6) allowed two runs on four hits for the Royals, who have won two of their last three games. Mike Aviles and Kila Ka'aihue both hit solo home runs for KC.
Graveside services for Ann Freeman of Rolla, age 72, will be held today at noon at the Ozark Hills Memorial Garden Rolla. Visitation will be held this morning from 10:00 until noon at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Boys Scouts of America or Dent County Animal Shelter.
Funeral services for Alfred (Alf) D. Maxwell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, formerly of Rolla, age 37, will be held today at 2:00 at the St. Patrick Church in Rolla. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
Memorial services for Beulah M. Mead of Salem, age 93, will be held tonight at 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 5:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Dupont, Ohio. Memorials are suggested to the Columbus Grove, Ohio, Eastern Star Chapter.
Today..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for showers and thunderstorms this morning, then partly cloudy this afternoon, high around 80.
Tonight..Clear and cooler, low of 51.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 75.
Saturday night and Sunday..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, low of 54, high of 63.