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Thank you to the Salem Police Department for their work on the investigation of a potential school safety concern.  There was no credible threat. Police have determined that the Salem Middle School student was responding to an inappropriate joke.  We commend the students for alerting administration and teachers of a possible safety concern, however; as the situation was discussed among students after school hours (in person and online), the facts of the case were distorted, altered, and misrepresented.  Additional untrue comments were rumored in connection with this incident.  Again, there is no credible threat. 


 Front Row: Dr. Kim Thurston, Assistant Superintendent, Dee Dee Zink, Transportation Assistant, Erin Humphrey, Director of Information Technology, Dr. Jackie Arnold, Director of Assessment and Program Development.  Back Row: Sue Collier, Treasurer, Jana Hayes Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Dawn Smith, Deputy Treasurer/Payroll, & Dr. D. Lynn Reed, Superintendent 



Detailed SCS Information from Indiana Department of Education 



Students of Salem Community Schools’ have outstanding opportunities to pursue academics and develop skills for success in a safe and caring environment.   SCS works to provide its students a better way to learn, to prepare for a career, to make friends, and to achieve the high expectations our community holds for K-12 education. Indications of the community’s strong support of education for its youth are evident in its 21st Century facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and numerous partnerships with parents and community groups.
Covering approximately 225 square miles in Washington County, SCS includes the townships of Gibson, Jefferson, Monroe and Washington. The schools are located in Salem, the county seat located just west of Interstate 65 in Southern Indiana. Approximately 1900 students attend Salem High School, Salem Middle School, and Bradie Shrum Elementary. All three schools are located on more than 150 acres on the north west edge of Salem, along with an administrative offices, alternative school, maintenance buildings and athletic facilities. 
Salem Community Schools employs 277 full-time personnel, which include 127 highly-qualified teachers and administrators, who are committed to meeting the needs of all children within the SCS school community. Staff members keep up-to-date with best practice research and emerging national trends in curriculum, teaching strategies and assessment. 


Discover the Salem Community Schools Difference

·         Clear educational focus K-12 on engaging students in quality work and leading them to success

·         Newly renovated, state-of-the art facilities share a well-manicured 150-acre campus

·         Caring and highly-qualified teachers, counselors, and administrators

·         Academic offerings based on best practice research and emerging national trends in curriculum, instruction, and assessment

·         Wide variety of school clubs, athletics, and after-school activities

·         Computer and internet access in all classrooms, including one-to-one student/computer ratio in high school English classrooms

·         Excellent school-community relationships with local businesses, community betterment groups and nearby two-and four-year colleges

·         Collaborative relationships among teachers, administrators, support staff, and school board

·         Solid financial history 


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