Salem schools end year with $956K balance

SALEM – The Salem school district will end the fiscal year better than expected, with a carryover of $956,113 to start the new fiscal year on July 1.

The school board met in special session Thursday morning to conduct the financial business to end the fiscal year and also approved several personnel matters and student matters.

District Treasurer Jim Wilson said they’re ending the year with a bigger positive cash balance than was estimated in the latest five-year financial forecast, with the amount $93,896 to the better. He had estimated an ending-year cash balance of $862, 217.

The board approved temporary appropriations of $11.8 million to get the new fiscal year started, fully funding some funds, but funding some to cover just the first four months. Final appropriations have to be approved by Sept. 30, with Wilson noting he’ll have a better grasp of where they stand after the state budget is approved.

The board approved a final amended certificate of estimated resources to submit to the Columbiana County Budget Commission of $29 million.

In another financial matter, the board approved the transfer of $75,000 from the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing fund to the general fund to cover the yearly fee paid to the district by the nursing school for oversight.

In personnel matters, the board hired Ashley Boyle as a junior high Life Science teacher and Athena Spinell as the junior high Language Arts/Math teacher. Spinell previously taught Title I Reading and Math at Southeast Elementary.

The athletic supplementals for Frank Parks as Head Varsity Boys & Girls Cross Country Coach and Yvonne Parks as Assistant Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach were corrected to the top of the pay scale versus step 0.

Non-athletic supplementals approved for the 2013-14 school year pending BCI/FBI background checks included: Jeff Gill, Computer Club; Sue Wolfgang, National Honor Society; Tony Martinelli, Interact Advisor; Nan Wilson and Kerri Zacharias, Co-Sophomore Class Advisors; Terri Roberts, Junior Class Advisor and Prom Advisor; Darlene Heineman, T.A.C.T. Advisor and Freshman Class Advisor; Elaine Habeger, High School Academic Challenge Supervisor; Susan Skiba, Junior High Academic Challenge Supervisor; and Anneliese Carter, German Club Advisor.

The board accepted the donation of a Yamaha Cornet to the music department from Pamela Trybend and a $2,500 grant from Walmart. The board also accepted a grant from the Salem Community Foundation for the sole use of Salem Youth Football

Summer school courses approved for high school students were Credit Recovery, OGT Skills and OGT Test, with the following approved as summer school instructors, Elaine Habeger, Sue Wolfgang, Kera Lemasters, Gary Goddard and Ron Stratton.

The board accepted Chia-Ying (Valerie) Lin from Taiwan as the Rotary Exchange Student for the 2013-2014 school year.

A special meeting will be held Monday night to go into executive session for personnel with Superintendent Tom Bratten to do a routine mid-year review.