$1.4 million project planned at Salem School District

Salem schools will soon see the addition of six classrooms and new restroom facilities, following action by the district’s board at its May meeting.Areawide Media reports the $1.4 million project will be jointly financed by the Arkansas Academic Facilities Partnership Program and the Salem School District.Arkansas is awarding 40 school districts a combined $103.7 million in state funding for campus building, expansion and system replacement projects in fiscal year 2019-20.

The state’s share of the costs is determined by a district’s student enrollment and its local property tax wealth, with more affluent districts qualifying for smaller fractions of state building assistance or no building repair aid at all.

In Salem’s case, the district is set to receive $757,000 from the state. The district will provide approximately $642,000 for the 7,100-square-foot addition.

During construction, 1,100 feet of electrical line is set to be relocated, with North Arkansas Electric Cooperative providing the funding for this portion of the project, and the school district absorbing the cost of the required digging.

In other news from the board meeting, Superintendent Wayne Guiltner reported on the Arkansas Department of Education’s School Report Cards for the 2017-2018 school year. Both the Salem Elementary and Salem High School received “A” grades.

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