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The Salem School Board highlighted some of the incredible programs in the district and approved a variety of personnel matters at its Monday meeting.

In his report, Salem Schools Superintendent Sean Kirkland wanted to recognize all of the incredible program within the district motto “I went to the administration of each of our schools and asked them all to name just one program they have recently run to enrich our students.”

Buckeye Elementary hosted an author visit and family reading night on October 19 with the author of the popular “Who Would Win” Jerry Pallotta series. Pallotta gave a presentation to the students in the afternoon and a second program during the family reading evening, after which the students and their parents enjoyed refreshments and had the opportunity to speak with Pallotta and have their books signed.

Reilly Elementary reported that work continued with math instructional specialist Ben Shaw to develop specifically targeted and effective math interventions, including daily math manipulations, that increase student engagement and understanding.

Southeast Elementary was pleased to announce that they had expanded the popular Unlocking Potential Mentoring program that began last year in partnership with The United Way with 18 fifth graders and community mentors. Entering the second year of the program, they now have more than 30 mentors mentoring 35 students, who enjoy special lunches, fun activities, and shared breaks to support the students’ education.

Junior High held its annual Turkey Trot on Tuesday, complete with a door decoration contest and a Minute to Win It Challenge that pitted students and even staff against each other in teams. The event also served as a prelude to their grocery campaign, which will run through December 9, with a goal of raising 2,000 items.

The high school hosted a field trip to YSU for current biology and anatomy students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Students explored stations where they participated in hands-on activities in physical therapy, athletic training, and respiratory therapy, and toured the university. The students also enjoyed a Chick-fil-A lunch provided by AHEC, where they exchanged views on careers in healthcare with the dean of the College of Health and Human Services, department heads and current YSU students. YSU was so impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the students that the school was invited to repeat the trip with a larger number of health professionals in the spring.

Kirkland also took the time to recognize the school’s fall athletes after the season ended, praising their hard work, diligence and success. Kirkland began his report by offering his condolences to Lucy Zins and her family for the tragic, sudden death of her husband, Don Zinz. Zinz was a popular member of the Quaker family as an educator for 27 years, whom Kirkland himself fondly remembers studying under him before eventually becoming his colleague and friend.

Administrative matters included: the first reading to revise school board policies, administrative policies and forms; approving activity fund proposals; the approval of the five-year forecast; the approval of the resignation of Assistant Director of Technology Nic Deville effective November 2; the admission of Martina Mazzola from Italy as a Council on Standards for International Education Travel Exchange student for the 2022-2023 school year; the approval of a placement agreement with Education Alternatives Ravenna to provide the necessary educational services and transportation arrangements; the approval of an agreement of arrangement with LLA Therapy to provide the necessary licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists to provide educational alternative services to a student; approving the high school girls’ softball field trip to the Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, April 6-10, 2023; the approval of a memorandum of understanding with NEOLA to provide select services to the school district; the approval of a resolution to amend the school district’s retirement plan; and the approval in lieu of transportation payments for Dominic Perry and Caleb Miller.

Personnel matters included: the admission of certified alternates; the approval of winter job titles and rates for the 2022-2023 winter season; the approval of sports supplements for the spring 2022-2023 season; staff approval for Buckeye Elementary Family Reading Night; and approving winter game workers for the 2022-2023 season.

The Salem School Board will meet December 12 at 7 p.m.


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