The Salem school board spent $304,525 this summer on permanent improvements, including beefing up security with more cameras for the three elementary schools.
Board Vice President Steve Bailey, who chairs the Building & Grounds Committee, updated fellow board members on some of the projects Monday, noting "we spent a lot of money on maintenance and upkeep of buildings.
He explained they also had to purchase new computer servers for the additional cameras at Buckeye, Reilly and Southeast schools. Other projects included a new roof recoating at Southeast and part of the high school, new lintels on the building at Buckeye and the new parking lot at Reilly Stadium.
The construction of the new ticket booth, North Wall replica and dedication park on the west side of the stadium is being paid for by the Salem Preservation Society through its Reilly Wall Project. The school board paid the cost to replace the north wall, gate and part of the east wall off of Pershing Street last year.
The board, Superintendent Tom Bratten and Treasurer Jim Wilson also bid adieu to Nick Bush, who was attending his last board meeting as a member. He resigned his seat effective today because he and his family are moving to Cuyahoga County for business reasons. His term doesn't expire until December 2015, with the board given the task of appointing a replacement since it's a non-partisan position.
Applicants must reside in the school district, with interested parties asked to send a letter of interest highlighting their background to the Salem Schools Administrative Offices, c/o Andrew Null, 1226 E. State St., Salem, Ohio 44460. The deadline for submitting letters is Aug. 23.
Bush told board members it was an honor to work with them and spoke highly of how the group worked together sincerely and respectfully even when they may have disagreed. He said that's the way it's supposed to be done.
"We're losing a great person on this board," Board President Andrew Null said.
Under announcements, Bratten said all the schools will hold open houses on Aug. 20, with Buckeye, Reilly and Southeast all from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the junior high and high school from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
In personnel matters, the board accepted resignations from junior high language arts teacher Tara Evans, high school guidance counselor Valerie Sullian, Title I reading teacher Kaitlin Petrilli, Superintendent's Assistant Cheri Martin, Hannah Mullins School of Practical Nursing instructor and nurse Kelly Clark. They also accepted the resignation of J.R. Straley, head chef for the Nutrition Group with the district. Bratten said Michelle Fisher has been named his replacement by the Nutrition Group.
The board hired Michelle Bryan for Title I Reading and Math at Southeast, Todd Vadino as high school career tech machine trades teacher, Michael DeBarr as junior high language arts teacher, Rich Washinko as high school guidance counselor, Diana Adams for a 2.5 hour high school cafeteria position, Beverly Richey and Pamela Walleck as part-time per diem instructors at Hannah Mullins and Richard Lobdell at fall sports maintenance worker at Reilly Stadium.
The board also hired substitutes, approved athletic and non-athletic supplementals, approved bus routes for the new school year, adopted textbooks, the student handbook, appointed Bailey as the board liaison to the Salem Athletic Boosters Board and agreed to pay Dennis Niederhiser $1,000 for his work as transportation supervisor in July and $1,500 for each month for August and September.
The board entered into executive session for negotiations and personnel, with no action to be taken.