School board approves contracts

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By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes

Easements for Marion County to widen Cordon Road at its intersection with Caroline Avenue were approved by the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday with little discussion.

The county had asked for the easements adjacent to Chavez Elementary School to increase road capacity and reduce the potential for accidents. The district will receive $10,521 from the county in exchange for the property rights.

Information items presented by chairperson Rick Kimball included a discussion of the district’s Head Start pre-kindergarten program. Written progress reports on the program are submitted to the board three times a year. Fall outcome data showed the highest percentage of proficiency to be 70 percent in physical development. The lowest percentage of proficiency was 18 percent in mathematics, but it increased to 90 percent by spring.

Administrative personnel actions approved by the board included appointments of David Wood as assistant principal at McKay High School, Jeffrey Chandler as athletic director at Sprague High School, Suzanne Leonard as assistant principal at Houck Middle School and Candi Hedrick as assistant principal at Crossler Middle School.

The board approved employment contracts involving the McNary High School attendance area for:

• Whitney Schouten, temporary part-time kindergarten teacher, Gubser Elementary School.

• Nichole Graybeal, orchestra, Whiteaker Middle School, and Brandon Correa, McNary and Whiteaker orchestra, as first-year probation part-time teachers.

• Rachel Claric, first-year probation full-time English teacher, McNary.

Resignations approved were those of:

• Janna Bates, educational resource center teacher, Claggett Creek Middle School.

• Mark Looney, behavior specialist, McNary.

• Karen Drouhard, general music teacher, Weddle Elementary School and Claggett Creek.

Superintendent Christy Perry gave her report on emergency succession to her position. She said that Salam Noor and Ken Parshall, assistant superintendents, and Michael Wolfe, chief operations officer, were capable of filling the position on an emergency basis.

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