Local educators snubbed in naming of new schools

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

The names are official now: Battle Creek Elementary School for the school that will open in South Salem in September and Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School for the one that will open in East Salem.

Those names received Salem-Keizer School Board approval Tuesday night as the board accepted the recommendations of the subcommittee that worked on the issue for several months. Opinions from the public had included other names, notably those of a few highly regarded former district personnel, but the subcommittee decided against favoring certain former school system employees over others.

Also approved were attendance area boundary changes to establish attendance areas for the new schools, as well as an attendance area boundary change involving Keizer and Weddle elementary schools.

An area between the schools in Keizer will switch from the Keizer attendance area to that of Weddle. Keizer has had an educational capacity of 681 students and Weddle 501, with the most recent enrollment figures 630 for Keizer and 391 for Weddle. The boundary change is projected to result in enrollments of 572 for Keizer and 449 for Weddle.

In other business, the board put on hold plans for a charter school proposal. Concerns were that the Proficiency Academy of Salem-Keizer had not secured space for the school; that the availability of Michael Bremont, who had assured the district that he would administer the school, had become uncertain; and that these uncertainties would disrupt the current process of staffing high schools for 2012-13.

The board heard Eva Olafson and Marissa Miller, teachers at Claggett Creek Middle School, discuss the professional development programs that they said were helping them considerably.

The board approved personnel actions that included accepting the resignations of Joshua Boyd as a McNary High School mathematics teacher and Susan Allen as a Weddle first-grade teacher.

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