SALEM School board votes to renew official's contract

Students caught smoking will be given help to kick the habit through a new program.
SALEM -- The school board has renewed Superintendent David Brobeck's contract through July 31, 2007. Brobeck, 48, has been superintendent since May 2000.
The renewal and extension of his contract follows the school board's decision in July to increase his base pay from $76,266 annually to $80,000. Brobeck's salary is reviewed annually by the school board.
Member Cindy Rottenborn voted against Brobeck's contract extension.
She said she thinks it's bad policy to renew a superintendent's contract so long before his current contract expires.
Brobeck's contract was not set to expire until July 2003.
Booster club lease
In other business, the school board agreed to lease property adjacent to the high school to the Salem Athletic Boosters Club for $1 a year.
The boosters club is raising money to build a nearly $1.5 million athletic complex on the spot.
Once the structure is built, the club will donate it to the school district, Brobeck explained.
Anti-smoking program
High school students who get caught smoking in school will get help breaking their smoking habit rather than be punished right away.
Under the program the school board approved, students caught smoking the first time will be allowed to spend four 50-minute sessions with an instructor trained in helping youngsters stop smoking.
The sessions will be held in school, after class hours.
A second smoking offense by a student will result in a three-day in-school suspension. A third offense will bring a five-day in-school suspension and a referral to Columbiana County Juvenile Court.
Brobeck wasn't immediately sure how much the program, which starts immediately, will cost the district.
The school board agreed to hire Lisa Sainato to teach pupils having difficulty with their studies at Reilly Elementary.
Sainato previously taught at St. Brendan School in Youngstown.
She will be paid about $27,000 annually.

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