Classes set after Labor Day, digital option open

Superintendent Sean Kirkland doesn’t know yet how the next school year will look, whether online, in person or both, but said it won’t start until after Labor Day.

“Salem is going to be ready for any of these options,” he said.

He also added each student from kindergarten on up will have access to a Chromebook and broadband access.

By moving the start of the school year to after Labor Day, the district will have more time to prepare for whatever option becomes reality. He said for now they don’t know what’s going to happen, they’re just waiting for the governor’s direction.

Salem had been starting school in the third week of August, but now the first day will be Sept. 8, which is the day after Labor Day. The last day in the new school calendar for next year will be June 9.

The amended school calendar was approved by the school board Monday, along with several personnel items. Kirkland recognized Carol Brown and Devon Johnson for 25 years service and Jon Jensen, Lori May and Carol Speece for 30 years service, saying they’re all valued employees. Normally they would have attended the meeting and been thanked by the board in person, along with receiving a gift, but the gifts will be sent to them since the meeting didn’t occur in person.

Kirkland also recognized nine retirees, including: bus driver Bill Gray, 30 years; high school teacher Devon Johnson, 25 years; Reilly third grade intervention teacher Cheryl Green, 19 years; Reilly secretary Judy Haldeman, 40 years; high school biology

teacher Frank Parks, 48 years; high school English teacher Yvonne Parks, 12 years; junior high English teacher Bernie Jesko, 24 years; Reilly third grade teacher Connie Ridgeway, 28 years; and Southeast duty aide Rose Marie Crookston, 11 years.

“This is an unbelievable group of people that we’re going to miss,” Kirkland said.

Board member Dr. Joe Shivers said he worked with all of them over the years and “we’re going to miss them dearly.”

The board approved Maryann Mason and Jill Maenz as summer help in the high school cafeteria for the summer lunch program, approved the resignation of high school physics teacher Logan Klick, approved non-teaching supplemental contracts for payroll clerk Angela Williams, assistant to the treasurer Lori May and administrative assistant Terri Roberts, approved moves up the pay scale for Michael Maietta and Dana Ackerman, both BA to MA, and Victoria Paolucci and Tiffany Kaiser, both MA to MA+15, approved the retire/rehire for ESL teacher Brooke Skiba for grades 7-12, approved 29 non-athletic supplementals, and approved a correction to the previous list of limited contracts for active teaching staff.

For athletic supplementals, the board approved boys JV head basketball coach Matt Mowery, ninth grade boys basketball coach Jeff Martin, assistant boys basketball coach George Spack, assistant girls varsity basketball coach Terry Kellison, volunteer assistant girls varsity basketball coach and youth basketball coordinator Eric Bailey, girls JV head basketball coach Guy Costello, assistant junior high wrestling coach Austin Noel, seventh grade assistant football coach Ty Graham and non-football weight room supervisor (winter/spring) Marshal Sarginger.

The board also approved the list of 2020 graduates.

Board President Carol Hrvatin thanked the teachers who are retiring, saying they’re all outstanding, and also congratulated the Salem High School Class of 2020 on graduating. She thanked teacher Mike DeBarr for all the videos he’s produced for the seniors.

“We really appreciate what you’re doing,” she said.

This year’s virtual graduation ceremony can be viewed at 2 p.m. Sunday on the school district Facebook page and Studio 203 YouTube channel.



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