Salem BOE elects president, vice president

SALEM — The Salem city school board organized for the year Monday, choosing LuAnn Haddad as president and Steve Bailey as vice president.

“Thank you to my fellow board members for their confidence in electing me as president,” Haddad said, adding that even though they are all different individuals, “We are united in our commitment to the children in our school district.”

Superintendent Dr. Joe Shivers commented during the regular meeting that day in and day out, the most important work being done in society is done in the schools, educating children for the future. In recognizing the school board members as part of School Board Recognition Month, he agreed with Haddad’s assessment that they are “five individuals working with one goal.”

Besides Haddad and Bailey, the school board members include Ted Bricker, Doug Moffett and Carol Hrvatin.

“The district’s in good hands,” Shivers said, presenting certificates to the board members for their service.

During the organizational meeting, the board approved several routine motions necessary at the beginning of each year for operations, including setting the meeting dates for the rest of the year, with all regular meetings starting at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

The meetings dates will be Feb. 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 24, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9. Haddad noted that a few of the meetings stray from the normal meeting routine, which is typically the third Monday of the month. Next month’s meeting falls on Tuesday due to President’s Day.

The board also approved the 2019-2020 tax budget, showing the five-year forecast with an estimated general fund revenue of $21,267,477 and expenditures of $21,208,734 for 2019.

The board also heard an update on Quaker Tech Academy, the online program for students who need help completing all the coursework needed to graduate, some due to missing classes from illness or other issues. Jeff Martig, director of Quaker Tech, and instructor Marshall Sarginger, who also serves as the in-school suspension teacher, explained what they’ve been doing to get students through their online coursework and meet some of the challenges from attendance issues and accountability.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a 2019 Ford XL F250 4×4 from Donnell Ford Lincoln of Salem for $29,498 from the permanent improvement fund for the maintenance department. The board also approved a contract with Youngstown City school district and Salem school district for audiology assessment services, had second reading on several revisions to board policies and administrative guidelines and approved a two-year contract with the state auditor’s office for GAAP conversion services for up to $4,500 per year.

Under personnel matters, the board: approved the resignation of Reilly cafeteria cashier Dionna Meade and the hiring of Teresa Hixson for the Reilly cafeteria; hired Linda Ludwig, RN as STNA Coordinator for the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing; approved continuing contracts for teachers Samantha Renforth and Sarah White; approved a transfer of sick leave days to Gina Powell; approved Sarah Rosenlieb and Rachel Tricomi as certified substitutes; and moved Kera Leskovec up on the pay scale from BA to BA150.

The board went into executive session for personnel matters with no action to be taken.