Facilities review on tap for Salem-Keizer Schools

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

The Salem-Keizer School District is assessing the conditions of district buildings in the hope of giving the School Board a draft for review in October, Michael Wolfe, assistant superintendent, said at Tuesday’s board meeting.

There will be annual updates of facility projects for the next five years, Wolfe told the board.  Several years ago, the board approved a $2.5 million sustained annual investment for deferred maintenance, to be spent after the 2008 bond program expires.

Shortly before the regular board meeting, the board held a work session at which it agreed to reconvene the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee so it could determine how much of the original $242.1 million bond issue would be left after expiration of the bond. The administration hopes to have a staff recommendation ready for the board to discuss at its summer planning session in July or August.

In other business, the board saw Cristina Wheeler, a volunteer at Kennedy Elementary School, and Zoe Frey, a Whiteaker Middle School student, honored at the agenda-heading Spotlight on Success. Wheeler was named Volunteer of the Month for a variety of activities involving Kennedy. Frey was one of several district students recognized for their awards in the World Beat Festival Art Contest.

The board also received a $7,000 check for scholarships, $1,000 for each high school in the district, from Sodexho School Services, presented by Dave Harvey, Sodexho service director.

The board approved the resignations of Hector Villalobos, assistant principal at Claggett Creek Middle School, and Brenda Dickens, learning resources center teacher at Claggett Creek; and the retirements of Connie Johnson, Claggett Creek English teacher, and Jane Kuenzi, Keizer Elementary School third-grade teacher.

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