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Salem school board members say goodbye

SALEM — Outgoing Salem school board members president LuAnn Haddad, Steve Bailey and Doug Moffett attended their last session Monday night, but didn’t leave empty-handed as Superintendent Sean Kirkland presented them with some Salem Quaker outerwear.

Bailey, who starts his first term as a Perry Township Trustee in January, said he wasn’t sure what to expect when he joined the school board, but added “it’s been a great experience.”

Kirkland lauded each one, saying Bailey had a lot to do with getting the district’s budgets in line and was instrumental in any of the physical improvements to the facilities the last several years, including work at the stadium. He said Haddad was focused on the school’s relationship with the community and the district’s brand, bringing a lot of grace to the job. He said Moffett, who previously served the district as a teacher and also had a business teaching driver’s education, has been a real advocate for machine trades and vocational education and loves Salem kids and the Salem schools.

Bailey wished the new board members good luck and said they’ve got two good board members still there in Ted Bricker and Carol Hrvatin.

The board also recognized twin brothers Hunter and Cameron Christopher for representing the Salem Quakers in the state cross country meet after both qualified this fall. Hunter finished the race in eighth place to make the podium. Kirkland presented each brother with a plaque and talked about the amount of dedication they put in, noting an average of 70 miles a week at the height of training.

Kirkland announced that Salem City Schools personnel always staff the Banquet In Salem the Monday before Thanksgiving and now they’re volunteering their services the entire month of March, with each building taking a week. He thanked all who take part. He again praised the football team after attending the football banquet on Sunday and tipped his hat to anyone involved with the Gingerbread Day held last weekend at the high school cafeteria, with over 800 kids coming through.

Kirkland thanked the board for allowing the purchase of some shelving for the warehouse where records and other items are kept, saying it “was a hoarder’s paradise” before maintenance staff and other staff members tackled the clean-up.

In the consent agenda, the board set the next meeting for 6:15 p.m. Jan. 13 in the high school library for the organizational session and regular January session.

In personnel matters, the board accepted with regret but sincere appreciation and best wishes the resignation of bus driver William Gray, who had already retired once and came back and now is leaving again. The board approved both certified and classified substitutes, approved Ashley Taafe as advisor for the HERO Club, approved a memorandum of understanding with the Salem Education Association to add the HERO Club to the supplementary salary schedule and approved a memorandum of understanding with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees regarding how the van driver position is staffed. Amie Cochran and Michelle Kosko were moved up on the pay scale from MA to MA+15.

The board approved the following athletic supplementals: softball, Kim Colian as volunteer assistant coach and Jodie Hippley as assistant jv coach; baseball, Brad Larson as assistant jv coach, Andy Clutter and Cody Dillon as assistant varsity coaches and Jack Carner as head jv coach; track, Christijana Vucenovic as assistant junior high girls coach; and swimming, Kristen Reynolds as head coach girls/boys volunteer and Kristen Kuntzman as assistant coach girls/boys volunteer. One name was added to the list of winter sports workers.

The board approved the recommendation of the Salem Public Library Board of Trustees to appoint Jerry Zimmerman as a trustee to fill a vacant seat for a term that continues through Dec. 31, 2023 and to reappoint Madeline Shivers to a full seven-year term from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2026. Trustees serve without compensation.

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