SALEM - The Salem school board approved new wording for the district's mission, aimed at teaching students to be informed citizens, life-long learners and contributors to society.
"That pretty much gets at all the goals of pre-K through post-graduation," Superintendent Dr. Joe Shivers said.
The new mission statement was part of the consent agenda board members passed unanimously Monday night before retiring into an executive session for personnel, with no action to be taken.
Shivers said they started with the old mission statement and tried to incorporate the ideas into more understandable language.
The new mission statement says: "Salem City Schools will prepare all students in a safe and welcoming learning environment to be informed citizens, who embrace life-long learning, and are capable of taking their places as contributing members of society."
Next they'll be unveiling new board goals involving five areas or pillars that Shivers said every school district should focus upon, including instruction, people, customer service, learning environment and finances.
He said he's planning to have administrators keep the mission statement in mind when meeting with staff members at the different schools in the district to ensure that everybody stays on course.
"Whatever we can do to comply with those goals and implement that mission statement, we will do," he said.
In the area of buildings and grounds, board President Steve Bailey said the classroom renovations planned in the elementary buildings have been completed over the summer, with five rooms each at Reilly and Southeast and four rooms at Buckeye. Another room had already been done at Buckeye over spring break.
Bailey noted that permanent improvement money was used for the renovations, with plans to do more rooms next year, depending on funding availability. Each room includes new flooring, new paint, a new teacher desk, new coat racks and backpack racks for students and new storage units, along with new blinds and a window air conditioner.
In the area of community relations, board member Brad Myers said they're delaying the start of a social media campaign while the district looks at revamping the school website. He noted the Salem Athletic Boosters donated money to start a website dedicated to Salem Athletics where sporting events in the district can be tracked.
The address is www.salemathletics.org and also includes connections for Facebook and Twitter related to Salem athletics.
Bailey thanked the various athletic teams for helping with the landscaping at the various buildings in the district in preparation for school to begin this week.
In the consent agenda, the board approved certified and classified substitutes, non-athletic supplementals, instructors for the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing, fall game positions and workers, and adopted elementary school handbooks, junior/senior high school student handbooks, and textbooks.
The board also approved moves up in the pay scale for teachers who completed required coursework, including Hannah McFarland, Lisa Miller, Bernadette Jesko and Kaylin McCue. The following resignations were accepted: high school/reilly cafeteria worker Melinda Parke, bus driver Charles Erikson, and Tina Devlin from Hannah Mullins. Athletic volunteers accepted were Dana Webb for girls soccer and Zack Penick and Austin Noel for junior high football. Medical leave was approved for Reilly teacher Shawnae Carlisle.
The board approved semester courses at Salem High School for forensics, introduction to engineering and exercise physiology.