By MARY ANN GREIER
Newcomer Ted Bricker took his seat Wednesday night as the Salem Board of Education organized for 2014, selecting Steve Bailey as this year's school board president and Howard Rohleder as vice president.
Bricker, who was unopposed in the November election, said he just wants to see the school district stay on the same path it's been on, headed in the right direction.
A 1986 graduate of West Branch High School and now a Salem city resident, he graduated from Muskingum University with a bachelor's degree in business and works in the purchasing department at Butech Bliss.
He and his wife Debbie, who was just re-appointed as Salem City Council clerk and works in the mayor's office, have one son in the Salem school system. Sam is in second grade at Buckeye Elementary.
Bricker said he would like to see trades classes again at Salem High School to give students more options, noting that not all students go to college and some students need a trades option.
During the organization meeting, the board approved several items they routinely approve at the beginning of each calendar year.
Board member committee assignments included:
- Building and Grounds, Bailey and Bricker
- Audit and Finance, Brad Myers and Rohleder
- Employee Relations, Bailey and Bricker
- Community Relations, Angie Beck and Myers
- Education and Tech, Beck and Rohleder.
Dr. Walter Dombroski was renamed the school medical director and the Salem News was designated as the official newspaper since it's published in the school district.
The established meeting time and day was kept the same as 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the high school library unless announced for another location. Bailey noted that the first two regular meetings this year, on Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, will be held on Tuesdays because the third Monday is a holiday in each month.
The organization meeting was followed by a special meeting, with the board approving the tax budget which had to be submitted to the Columbiana County Auditor's office.
The board also approved Paul Willoughby, Cheryl and Eric Green, Gerald Zimmerman and Ashley Klemann as Ski Club van drivers, pending driver certification. A $500 gift to the Academic Challenge Team was accepted from Bob and Linda Sebo.
The board entered into executive session for personnel, with no action to be taken.
School was back in session Wednesday after a two-hour delay and an extra two days of extended Christmas break due to the weather.
Superintendent Tom Bratten said they had a couple of pipes freeze up and break at Buckeye Elementary School on Tuesday, but maintenance supervisor Ken Hardy got to it and everything was fixed before students returned.
He said they had no problems with heat, with the exception of a problem with a heater switch in one classroom at Southeast, which was fixed.