School board approves pool lease

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Lease of the Olinger swimming pool facility on the North Salem High School campus was approved for first reading by the Salem-Keizer School Board last week.

The facility, according to Michael Wolfe, chief operations officer for the district, is in good condition but has been idle since 2009. The city of Salem, which had operated it, stopped funding it because of budget reductions.

A draft five-year lease has been prepared for NW Aquatics LLC to operate the pool starting Oct. 15. The lease would have options for three five-year extensions. Lease payments would be $6,000 per year for the first year and increase by $1,200 annually for the next four years. Lane time would be set aside for district swimming teams.

Among general personnel actions the board approved was changing Shamika Cleveland’s status from contract full-time to contract part-time as instructional coach at Clear Lake. The same status change was approved for Jenny Maguire, behavior specialist teacher at Keizer Elementary School.

Brant Stai was hired as a first-year probation full-time band teacher at Whiteaker Middle School.

Hirings of first-year probation part-time teachers were Timothy Brassfield; choir and drama, Claggett Creek Middle School; Robbie Ellis, aerospace JROTC instructor, McNary; Damian Berdakin, orchestra director, McNary; Joshua Davidson, learning resource center, Claggett Creek; Danielle Miller, band, Claggett Creek; and Rebecca Buhler, physical education, Keizer.

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