After nearly four hours of listening to members of the community discuss a project to renovate the Salem Middle School swimming pool and provide a safety upgrade to the same school, the board let a motion die to approve a resolution to move forward with issuing bonds for $4.3 million. 

About 80 people showed up at Monday’s Salem School Board meeting. The meeting was moved from the regular meeting room in the administration to the Safe Room at the elementary school.

After a 1028 hearing that lasted about three hours, with more than 80 community members coming to question the board’s projects and some to learn what the projects were about. 

There were three resolutions to adopt by the board. The first was a 1028 resolution to move forward with $4.3 million in project costs which would add about 3.5 cents to the current tax rate. 

Board President Becky White asked for a motion to pass the resolution. No motion was made and the action died. 


The Board then heard that Elementary Principal Brent Minton who wrote and received a $18,560 grant from Duke Energy for a reading program at Bradie M. Shrum Elementary school. 

“As you know March 21 we had snow and had to call off school,” said Superintendent Dr. Lynn Reed. “We will have an e-learning day on Saturday, April 21.” 

She said staff would be at the schools with computer labs open for those who needed to come in and use them. She said transportation would be considered. 

With no further business, White adjourned the meeting.  Steve Motsinger made a motion to adjourn with Monika Spaulding providing a second. 

The next meeting will be Monday, May 14. 

(The rest of the school board meeting will be reported on Tuesday)