Salem school officials set goals based on new state report card

SALEM – Board members and administrators recently reviewed results of the latest state report card and set goals for the coming school year for improving in some areas.

“We’re still digesting that,” board member Howard Rohleder said regarding the new report card.

Rohleder serves on the board’s education and tech committee and gave a brief overview of how the district performed, noting that a more detailed report may be given at a future board meeting.

Overall, the district received a B for the performance index and an A for indicators met, hitting 22 of the 24 required performance indicators. The two areas where the district did not meet the performance indicators were fifth grade math and science.

In the area of gap closing, where the state looks at whether every student is succeeding regardless of race, income, culture or disability, the district scored a B, with Rohleder noting that economically disadvantaged students were right at the state goal, with some above and some below.

For the progress area, which looks at whether students got a year’s worth of growth in grades 4-8 in math and reading, Rohleder explained that if every single student made one year of progress, they would receive a C. According to the state report card, Salem received a D overall, with a D for gifted and an A for the lowest 20 percent in achievement and A for students with disabilities.

He cautioned that the only way to get an A is for most of the students to exceed a year of progress, saying that would be difficult to sustain year after year.

For graduation rates, Salem received a C, graduating 87.4 percent of students in four years.

Rohleder said goals for this school year at each school include:

– Buckeye, focus on reading

– Reilly, focus on special education and reading

– Southeast, focus on fifth grade math and science

– Junior High, focus on inclusion of special education students

– Senior High, focus on graduation rate and prepared for success measures

He pointed out that 53.1 percent of Salem students are considered economically disadvantaged.

The latest state report card can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website at by clicking on district and looking up Salem.

In financial matters, the board approved an amended certificate of estimated resources for the fiscal year ending June 20, 2014 which totaled $30,175,307, a slight increase from what was originally estimated back in June. Treasurer Jim Wilson said they ended up with a little more state foundation money than expected. The original estimate had

been over $29 million. The expected revenue includes about $19.4 million for the general fund.

The board also adopted appropriations for the fiscal year totaling $25,694,964 for all funds, with $18,215,613 for the general fund.

In the area of Buildings and Grounds, board vice president Steve Bailey gave an update on the Reilly Stadium project, reporting that most of the work is completed except for the benches and pavers. Once those are installed, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held.

He also said the maintenance staff power-washed the visitor side stands and then the football team painted the stands.

He noted the track was resurfaced and some problems have come up, prompting a call to the company to come back out and take a look. Some people who use the track said it was bubbling up in some spots.

Bailey said the district is working with the company, looking for possible solutions to fix the problem, but with the weather changing, they’ll have to find out what can be done at this point.

The board also welcomed new member Angie Beck, who was selected to serve out the remainder of the term left vacant by former member Nich Bush, who resigned last month because he was moving from the area. Beck works as a paralegal and office manager for attorney Brian Macala in Salem. Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.

“We think she’ll do a great job,” Superintendent Tom Bratten said. “We appreciate your time and your service.”

In other matters, the board: approved Amir Murvatov from Tajikistan as a foreign exchange student; hired Michael Maietta as a high school social studies teacher; approved family medical leave for Michele Pieniazek; approved teacher substitutes Jacque Rich, Emily ReKolt, Rebecca Widzinski, John Miller, Danielle Burch, Christopher Paloski and Ruth Baker; approved classified substitutes Charles Ericksen, Melissa Falk, Ami DeMeo, Renaye Fisher and Helen Gorby; approved a contract between the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing and Eastern Gateway for Project Hope Study; approved dual credit programs with Youngstown State University and the University of Pittsburgh; approved a contract with Auditor of State David Yost for the fiscal 2013 annual audit not to exceed $25,500; and approved a contract with the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide educational services.

Non-athletic supplementals approved were: Amie Cochran, Key Club; Hannah McFarland, band director; Julianne Piatt, assistant band director; George Spack, senior class advisor and student council advisor; Robert Viencek, fall play director; Anthony Martinelli, fall play assistant director; and Will Klucinec, high school audio visual director.

The board also approved Steve Bosel for one half hour each school day at $22 an hour for security reasons. Bosel is the in-school suspension teacher and comes in early to monitor people in the building.