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Interim super gets 6-month contract from school board

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For the Keizertimes

A six-month contract for Paula Radich as interim superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District was approved by the school board on Tuesday.

Radich will receive a monthly salary of $16,250. The district will not contribute to the state Public Employees Retirement System on her behalf, because as a retiree from a permanent superintendent position, she is not eligible for PERS contributions.

Radich, who retired about 1-1/2 years ago as superintendent of the Newberg School District, succeeds Sandy Husk, who has taken the chief executive officer position of AVID, a nonprofit that helps high school graduates enter college.

The board also approved a contingency fund transfer of $48,300 for costs associated the search of the next permanent superintendent. Ray & Associates, a search firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the search firm that is selecting candidates for the position.

Also approved was the sale of Middle Grove School to the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency for $1.2 million. One board member, Jeff Faville, voted against the sale and said that, because real estate values in the district have risen, the school should not be sold.

The board voted to adopt and appropriate the following grant budgets:

• From the Oregon Department of Education: $6,365,194.50 for student services, $1,006,924 for Title III instructional services, $672,824 for Title III C migrant education instructional services, $639,600 for beginning educators, $185,840 for farm-to-school nutritional services, $136,622 for prevention of at-risk youth from dropping out of school, $55,579 for Title I C preschool migrant instructional services,  $35,301.05 for special education and related services to students aged 3 through 5 with disabilities, $30,000 for sexuality education training and policy development, and $17,399 to reimburse staff for travel to professional learning conferences.

• From Chalkboard: $999,400 for performance-based compensation for eligible licensed staff and building administrators.

• From the U.S. Department of Education: $253,956.25 for programs aimed at increasing graduation rates at alternative high schools.

• From Western Oregon University: $46,206 for teacher courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages programs.

• From the state Department of Human Resources: $30,000 for health education in middle schools.

The board authorized contracts for employing as temporary full-time teachers Amy Garrison, learning resource center teacher at Cummings Elementary School; Deborah Jones, fifth-grade ESOL teacher at Weddle Elementary School; and Abby Mazar, LRC teacher at Claggett Creek Middle School.