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Salem schools add new phys ed elective

September 18, 2012
By KEVIN HOWELL , Salem News

SALEM- The school board Monday night approved a new physical education elective for the 2012-2013 school year.

The board approved History of Sport as a course of study that can be used to earn credit toward graduation. According to schools Superintendent Tom Bratten, students currently receive a physical education requirement exemption for activities such as sports or band, but do not receive credit toward graduation. That means students are fulfilling their physical education requirements but not earning credit for graduation and must find other electives to make up for it, he explained.

Bratten said administration tries to develop non-traditional physical education electives to make up for the exemption in credits.

In other news the board approved non-athletic supplemental contracts to Rob Motz, junior high student council, pep club advisor; Terri Richards, sophomore class advisor; Darlene Heineman, freshman class advisor; Ana Hutson, Spanish Club; Bob Viencek, National Honor Society, Interact; Mike Kopachy, Poetry Club, student newspaper; Elaine Habeger, Academic Challenge advisor; Kerri Zacharias, junior class prom advisor; Nan Wilson, junior class prom advisor; and Jannah McFarland, band director.

The board also accepted the resignation of Terry Bishop from the cafeteria; and hired Vicki Brewer, bus driver; Laura Jill Maenz, bus driver; and Chrystal Skidmore, high school cafeteria.

The board also granted one-year limited contracts for HEMSPN instructors Kelly Clark, Tina Devlin, Deb Scott and Darla Shar for full-time; Shelly Basich, Joann Dombroski, Shariann Hall, Jeanette Kulifay, Sue Suarez for part-time; and Rene Bender, Bonita Newton and Rebecca Wollet for part-time at the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing.

Also at the meeting, the board agreed to advertise for bids for a new passenger school bus and appointed Howard Rohleder as chairperson for the Tax Incentive Review council.

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