SALEM SCHOOLS Board fills positions for 2 new programs

The yearbook staff is asking the school board for funding help.
SALEM -- The city school board hired instructors to staff two new programs offered by the district.
The panel agreed Monday to hire David Mathus as a Latin teacher as part of the district's new offering in that classical language.
Mathus, who will be paid $39,000 annually, will teach a high school program beginning in the upcoming school year.
Superintendent Dr. David Brobeck said 72 high school students have enrolled in the course.
Mathus also will teach a Latin program for kindergarten through third grade.
The school board hired Julie Winn to teach the district's new daylong kindergarten. She will be paid $32,800 annually.
Others hired: The school board also voted to hire six other teachers to replace instructors who have retired or gone on leaves of absence, or to fill vacancies created by transfers.
The new teachers and their assignments are Cheryl Green, special education at Reilly Elementary; Todd Huda, fourth-grade teacher at Prospect Elementary; Michael McNally; fourth-grade teacher at Prospect Elementary; Kimberly Strum, junior high school math; Jared Stratton, high school science; and Regina Ziegler, elementary, no particular school specified.
Yearbook funding request: In other matters, the school board heard a request from Justin Palmer, editor of the high school yearbook.
Palmer asked the board, on behalf of the yearbook staff, for an allocation of $10,000 to help fund yearbook production.
Throughout its history, yearbook production has been self-funded, largely through advertisements sold to businesses, Palmer explained.
But advertising revenue has dropped to $5,000 in recent years, about half what it was a decade ago. Meanwhile, the expense of producing the yearbook has increased.
It costs $45 to buy the book, and the yearbook staff wants to maintain that price to avoid making the book too expensive to buy, Palmer said.
A $10,000 funding allocation from the school board would enable the 2001-2002 yearbook to be produced without increasing the amount charged for it, he said. The board took no immediate action on the request.

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