SCHS to Be in Session For Students Until June 5thSalem Community High School students will be in the classroom until Thursday, June 5th.
Superintendent Brad Detering says that's the result of the district using all eight of its designated snow days. He outlined how the district will handle any additional snow days that are needed. "What the board is basically looking at if we have additional snow days amending the school calender to make the Monday after Easter to be a student attendance day. If we have more snow days after that, we would look at applying to the Regional Office of Education and the State Board of Education for Act of God days," said Detering.
The board decided not to go to school on President's Day if additional snow days are needed because work on a holiday would require non-certified union members to be paid overtime. They also decided to leave the rest of Spring break alone due to staff and students who already had plans. Under the current plan, students last attendance day would be June 5th, with a teacher's workshop to close the school year on June 6th.
Detering informed the school board that the district has received a 4.0 financial rating from the State Board of Education, the highest possible. However, he is still concerned about the future as state aide payments outside of regular school aide are continuing to run behind. "They are running about a payment behind. We'll probably get three of the four payments this year with one of the other payments from last year fiscal year to kind of make it whole. That makes it difficult on the district to budget and try to forecast where we are going to be as we get into the Spring in terms of if there are cuts that need to be made," said Detering.
On the positive side, Detering says the education fund balance is running three percent under budget for the first half of the fiscal year. He hopes the $180,000 to $190,000 in savings can be maintained for the entire budget year to reduce the projected deficit. The building fund is currently ten percent under budget.
Principal John Boles congratulated the school's 18 state scholars. He reports that is much higher than the normal 11 or 12 scholars.
The board acted on a number of personnel issues. They accepted the resignation of long time volleyball coach Sherry Cook, along with the resignations of Stacey Lux as assistant cross country coach, Dirk Anderson as girls tennis coach, and Kevin Rakers as a bus driver. Cook was hired as the new assistant girls track coach.
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