Tuesday, December 18, 2012
SAU 57 district budget to go before voters will be up 1.89 percent over current year.
Between their preliminary and final votes last week, the Salem Budget Committee trimmed just over $82,000 from the 2013-2014 SAU 57 budget. The final general fund budget voters will consider next year will be $58.4 million with an overall gross budget of $62.2 million. The budget is up 1.89 percent over the present year. That $82,000 cut included several amendments proposed by School Board representative Michael Carney, Jr., as a result of the district filling an IT position at a lower cost than budgeted. The most substantial cut approved by the committee was $45,000 to the heating budget at Salem High School. Chairman Russell Frydryck proposed the cut because the school had changed to natural gas and the previous number was based on …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Stephen Campbell claimed the committee needed more time to review answers to budgetary questions.
The Salem Budget Committee held its preliminary votes on the 2013-2014 SAU 57 Budget Wednesday, but if one member had his way, it would have been put off for a week, or more. Board of Selectmen Representative Stephen Campbell said the committee had not received answers to budgetary questions posed to school staff until Wednesday morning. "Some of these answers need to be followed up," Campbell said. He moved to postpone both committee meetings this week to next week as a result. "You can't vote on $62 million of this stuff just rushing through it," he said. Chairman Russell Frydryck said the information had been e-mailed to him Tuesday afternoon but he was unable to distribute it to the rest of the committee until Wednesday morning. Other …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
There may be as many as three warrant articles related to the 2013 renovation plans.
The Salem School Board voted Tuesday night for a school renovation plan that would provide extensive renovations for Fisk and Soule Elementary Schools and partial renovation work at Haigh Elementary School. The final wording for the bond articles for the 2013 school warrant will be voted on at a meeting next week, but the general framework of the board's desires was agreed to unanimously Tuesday. An initial article would provide for Fisk and Soule renovations without additional classrooms and a large multi-purpose room. The bonded number mentioned for that renovation would be $15.8 million. Additionally, about $369,000 would be bonded for work at Haigh. A second article would include an additional $805,000 in renovations for Haigh, …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Salem School Board presents budget to Budget Committee up with $58.8 million in general fund costs.
The Salem Municipal Budget Committee was presented Wednesday with a 2013-2014 Salem School District budget up 2.68 percent over the current year. The increase for the budget, as reviewed by the Salem School Board, will likely be reduced to a 2.06 percent after more anticipated state adequacy funds are factored into the budget. Overall, the general fund budget presented for 2013-2014 is now $58.8 million, up from the present year total of $57.1 million. The majority of the increases in the budget presented Wednesday night come from salaries, benefits and maintenance. SAU 57 Superintendent Dr. Michael Delahanty explained that over $1.4 million of that increase includes an astronomical hike in state retirement costs to the tune of $785,620. …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
A number of scenarios came up during Tuesday night's forum, take our poll on what you would like to see.
A public forum on Salem school renovations Tuesday brought up a number of different scenarios for what voters will see on the 2013 ballot. The Salem School Board is steadfast in wanting to get renovations complete at the three remaining elementary schools in town. Barron, Lancaster and North Salem Elementary Schools are already renovated, while Fisk, Soule and Haigh Elementary Schools. Haigh is the school that may either be left out completely from the renovation picture for 2013 or have a reduced level of renovations compared to Fisk and Soule schools. In 2012, a plan to renovate Fisk, Soule and Haigh failed to receive the needed 60 percent to pass the bond. This is due to enrollment projections that show a continued precipitious decline…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Possibilities for renovations at Fisk, Haigh and Soule Elementary Schools discussed.
The Salem School Board heard impassioned testimony from many residents Tuesday night at a forum on the future of Salem elementary school renovations. Many were parents of elementary-aged students who fear a day in the near future when the number of neighborhood schools in town will be reduced based on projected enrollments showing a decline. While the School Board has not committed officially to any plan yet for 2013, options are on the table regarding some combination of renovations for Fisk, Soule and Haigh Elementary Schools. Some expressed concern about the district's potential willingness to close Haigh if enrollments continue to lag. Barron, Lancaster and North Salem Elementary Schools have already been renovated. A plan to renovate …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Plans to renovate either two or three elementary schools expected to be presented.
A public forum on the future of school renovations in Salem is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. tonight at Salem High School in the Seifert Auditorium. The forum had originally been scheduled for last month but was pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy. At the forum, the Salem School Board will be seeking input from the public and questions regarding their plans for future school renovations. The agenda for the evening is available here. It is expected the School Board will present several ideas for plans that renovate some combination of the three remaining elementary schools in town. A possibility includes renovating Fisk and Soule Elementary Schools but not Haigh Elementary School. If the two-school plan passes, Haigh would be the last …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A total of 13 retirees were honored Tuesday night.
At their Tuesday night meeting, the Salem School Board honored 13 retirees from the district, ranging from secretaries to teachers to administrators. Members of the board said a few words about each retiree before they were recognized Tuesday evening. Here is a summary of what was said about each of the 13 retirees. DIANA BATES - FISK GRADE 2 TEACHER STEFAN BANKEL - SHS BUSINESS TEACHER DALE CAPUANO - SOULE SPEECH & LANGUAGE TEACHER LINDA JANDREAU - SCHOOL DISTRICT SECRETARY FAITH JOHNSON - SOULE GRADE 2 TEACHER BETH MATTHEWS - SCHOOL DISTRICT SECRETARY RHONDA McCUNE - SHS ART TEACHER DEBORAH MESICK - SHS SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER SUSAN "MICKI" RHODES - FISK SCHOOL PRINCIPAL PAULA SHULTZ - WOODBURY READING TEACHER MARYLOU SEARS - WOODBURY…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We've got a list of those coming to the end of their Salem education careers.
The Salem School Board will be honoring this year's retirees from SAU 57 at tonight's regular meeting at 7 in the Salem High School Media Center. The agenda can be viewed here. Retirees include SAU 57 Assistant Superintendent Edith Soley, who is retiring for a second time and has spent a total of 40 years with the district, and Fisk School Principal Susan "Micki" Rhodes, who departs after 34 years. The following chart includes those listed in the 2012 annual district report as retirees effective the end of this school year. The School Board will also hear an update on the Salem High School freshman program and discuss biotechnology and Information Technology space at the high school.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
School board also takes time to explain new finance director position Tuesday.
The Salem School Board approved salary figures for 2012-2013 for several new administrators at their meeting Tuesday night. This included a $109,250 salary for incoming SAU 57 Assistant Superintendent Maura Palmer, a $105,000 salary for incoming Salem High School Principal Tracy Collyer, an $86,000 salary for new Fisk Elementary School Principal George Murray and an $85,000 salary for new SAU 57 Finance Director Deborah Payne. The salaries for those first three positions were approved by one vote on the board's consent agenda while the new finance director salary was briefly tabled for discussion by the board. School Board Secretary Peter Morgan took the opportunity to discuss the finance director position and said he believed some of the …