Salem High School students will be able to complete the necessary class work starting next year to be qualified to take the certified nursing assistant test. Superintendent Brad Detering presented the proposed course change along with several others at the Thursday night school board meeting.
"The medical terminology class is a prerequisite into the Nursing Assistant class, [through] which students can obtain dual credit through Kaskaskia, and possibly get their state certificate," said Detering.
Detering says there will also be changes in english classes qualifying for dual credit through Kaskaskia College.
"Dual credit courses are only going to be offered at the senior level, in the honors classes. Students who have been going through the regular track will have the ability to move into the honors track depending on their ACT scores or their Access-Compass Test, administered through KC," said Detering.
Detering says that change was made because there are fewer teachers in the English department accredited to teach dual credit as a result of recent retirements. He notes all teachers are currently on overload as the district holds off on replacing an English teacher until future school finances become more clear.
The board passed it's annual tax levy. It is 4.9-percent higher than this year's collections, but Detering expects to only get 2.85-percent more due to tax caps. He reports that would generate about $88,000 in new revenue and would cost the owner of a $90,000 home about $5.31 more a year.
Attendance in November was at nearly 95%. Principal John Boles feels the new policy allowing freshmen and sophomores to skip semester exams if they have perfect attendance is having the desired effect of improving attendance.
Several groups were commended for their work to assist the less fortunate this holiday season. The Peer Helpers and Student Council raised $1,600 and Salem FFA $1,200 to purchase and wrap gifts for those they assisted through the Adopt a Family program. The Volunteer Club gave make overs to students selected from the feeder grade schools.
The board accepted the the resignation of athletic and media center secretary Joann Dawson effective December 23rd. Julie Kohrig was hired to take her place. The board accepted the resignation of Julie Phillips as a special education aide. Angie Cannon was hired to replace her.