School board thanks voters for levy OK


Salem school board members issued a collective debt of gratitude Monday night to district voters, thanking the public for passing the permanent improvement renewal levy earlier this month.

“It shows the public must have confidence in the direction the schools are going and how we’re spending the money,” board President Steve Bailey said to close out the meeting.

One of the largest permanent improvement projects the school completed in recent years was the new artificial turf and the new track, using a combination of school funds and donations. The investment paid off recently as Reilly Stadium hosted a couple of football playoff games, Superintendent Dr. Joe Shivers reported during the board’s special meeting prior to the regular meeting.

School organizations, such as the band boosters, and downtown area restaurants also reaped financial rewards from the district’s hosting duties with extra business. Employees who worked the games also gained financially from two extra Fridays on the job.

In other business, the board recognized the district’s two state cross country qualifiers, Carly Hall, who came in 39th, and Hunter Christopher, who came in 23rd and earned all state honors. Both will be back running for the Quakers next year and Bailey wished them luck.

“We are really primed to have a knockout season next year,” Shivers said.

Board members were treated to more visitors in the form of Southeast School students who presented a skit on bullying and helped their principal, Lisa DeRose, explain the Southeast School students’ version of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, modeled after the psychological theory of human motivation by Abraham Maslow. For learning, they outlined: physical needs, such as snack bowls and free donated clothing items or shoes; safety, such as fire/safety drills; love and belonging, such as the school theme of “Change the World” and the bullying program OLWEUS; and self esteem, such as serving on student council, lunchtime talent and participating in band and Southeast Singers. Teacher Michelle Kosko also talked about how new technology in the classrooms has leveled the playing field since every student now has access to a computer.

Regarding committee reports, board member LuAnn Haddad reported on community relations and board member

Ted Bricker on buildings and grounds.

Under the consent agenda, the board approved Joyce Bowers as a full-time instructor and coordinator of the STNA program at the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing, reappointed Deborah Pietrzak to the Salem Library Board of Trustees, named Christijana Vucenovic as new advisor of the high school environmental club, accepted the retirement of longtime maintenance supervisor Ken Hardy, approved substitute bus drivers, certified and classified substitutes, created a new one-hour duty aide position for Buckeye, approved a new temporary/part-time position in the high school cafeteria for two hours during winter sports, and approved limited contracts for Aaron Vogt as director of technology and Nick Deville as assistant director of technology.

In sports, the board accepted the resignation of assistant wrestling coach Sonn Hostetter, approved Caroline McDermott as volunteer swimming coach, George Spack as volunteer girls basketball coach, Michael Manypenny as varsity assistant wrestling coach, Patrick Simpson as junior high head wrestling coach, Matt Galchick as junior high assistant wrestling coach, Anthony Shives as freshman boys basketball head coach and Brendan Webb and Brooks Bezon as freshman volunteer assistant boys basketball coaches, and approved the winter job titles and winter game workers. Megan Gustaevel was named as athletic trainer for the winter and spring sports seasons. The list of workers for the playoff football games were also approved for payment.

The next board meeting will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the high school library.