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Month: January 2014

School choice week good time to consider options

To the Editor:

Today, Oregon families have a range of diverse options for quality education for their children, whether they attend traditional brick-and-mortar public school, are homeschooled, attend virtual public school through Oregon Connections Academy, or enroll their children anywhere in between. Education is no longer one-size-fits-all; not every school is the right fit for every child. That’s why I’m celebrating National School Choice Week.

Families of students who are hospitalized or homebound, training to be actors, or learn at a faster or slower pace, should be empowered to choose the academic environment that best cultivates learning in their children.

I encourage you to learn more about the ways families are elevating the quality of education through choice by exploring the school choice options available to children. Please join me and Oregon Connections Academy in celebrating National School Choice Week and all of the quality educational options we have in Oregon.

Tom Luba

(The writer is Executive Director, Oregon Connections Academy.)


Business wants growth and growth


Growth, growth, growth is the new mantra of the venerable Business Roundtable, whose member companies generate annual revenues of more than $7 trillion while employing 16 million workers. In past years, the BRT has put out lengthy pamphlets proposing intricate solutions for budgets, entitlements, the environment, regulations, health care and more. But this year, the BRT has gone back to basic economic blocking and tackling by bluntly saying, “If we want to control the deficit, preserve key entitlement programs, educate our children and offer upward economic mobility for everyone, we have to get our economy growing faster.”

Sounds like JFK. Or Ronald Reagan. Or Jack Kemp. A rising tide lifts all boats.

This was spelled out in a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T and the new head of the Business Roundtable. When I interviewed Stephenson recently, he talked about the need for fiscal stability, tax reform, expanded trade and immigration reform. But he zeroed in on this key point: “And make no mistake, economic growth doesn’t happen absent private investment. … Where there is investment —a new factory or distribution facility being built, a new store about to open, new software being installed -—that is where new jobs are created.”

Stephenson says that in today’s recovery— the slowest in the modern era—private capital investment has lagged badly. Not coincidentally, so has the jobs situation, with 92 million dropping out of the workforce altogether. A labor-participation rate of 62.8 percent and an employment-to-population rate of 58 percent are historic lows indicative of the anemic jobs recovery.

And I might add, with all these people not working, it’s not unfair to suggest an unprecedented demoralization inside the U.S. economy.

Sure, you can find great exceptions to this. There’s the energy boom, the rise in social media and advances in biotechnology. But the overall jobs picture is bleak. And that has a lot to do with the absence of private capital investment. In fact, long-term capital investment is probably the single-most powerful jobs creator. And these days, we’re not getting much of it. This investment cycle is the worst since World War II.

Stephenson is pleased that the Murray-Ryan budget deal will avoid a government shutdown, thereby offering some fiscal predictability. But what he and the Business Roundtable are aiming at is the total reform of the American business tax structure, where marginal rates are the highest among developed countries. He also emphasizes the need to remove barriers to bringing overseas earnings back home.

Stephenson cites a study that shows a one-percentage-point decrease in the average corporate tax rate would raise real U.S. GDP by about 0.5 percent within one year. And he concludes that, “Any serious agenda for economic growth must begin with reforming taxes for all businesses, large and small.”

And somebody should look at Boston University professor Laurence Kotlikoff’s proposal to abolish the corporate tax altogether. According to his model, while overall growth and investment would surge, higher wages would be the biggest beneficiary.

Trouble is, as I pointed out to Stephenson, President Obama is talking about inequality and income redistribution, not growth.

Instead of unleashing entrepreneurship, Obama harps on raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment assistance. Of course, increased investment that doubles the rate of job creation would make minimum-wage and unemployment-benefit discussions unnecessary.

Obama would also penalize corporations that hold profits overseas, rather than lower penalties, so this money would come home for private investment.

In fact, most of the Democratic Party has embarked on a path to punish success, not reward it, to enlarge the reach of government in business, rather than incentivize entrepreneurship. I call this the Sandinista wing of the Democratic Party. It’s named after New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who spent a goodly amount of time in Nicaragua and Cuba and is in full-fledged attack mode to punish successful earners and businesses by raising taxes of “fairness.”

Fairness is not opportunity. But tell that to Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, who also is arguing for punishments on business and banking. De Blasio and Warren are spewing forth the socialist doctrine of equality of results, rather than the capitalist model of equality of opportunity. They want income leveling and redistribution—the opposite of growth.

Unfortunately, President Obama appears to have caught the Sandinista disease. And the Business Roundtable and the whole American business community will have a heck of a time turning him around.

But then again, that’s what elections are for. And that’s why we’re going to see big changes come November.

(Creators Syndicate)

Schools should look within first

It would be so welcome here if the Salem-Keizer School Board would perform their duties and responsibilities so that the outcomes would establish a blazing new trail for public education in this mid-Willamette Valley Oregon community.  Unfortunately, S-K  School Board after each election, the school governing body starts out fresh but always ends up doing what its predecessor did with rarely an inventive or creative idea even tossed around, much less tried.

Now the local school board once again searches for a new superintendent.  In the first place, when the board finds it necessary to go after someone from some other state or place they never find the perfect fit with “skeletons” discovered soon after the new superintendent is ensconced in the administration.  Also, since these recruited folks from far and wide have no loyalty to Oregon and want the job to make more money and move up the promotion ladder, they will, as has just been the case with the most recent incumbent, move on to more lucrative financial digs as soon as another opportunity arises.

Meanwhile, in the former’s absence now, and before a new superintendent is hired, why is it that those several high-paid, and presumably well-educated and trained for school administration work in the district’s central office, cannot carry the responsibilities of running the schools here until a permanent replacement is found?  Surely the former school’s chief had a competent deputy to help her in all matters school-related. Would this person not be a logical interim substitute instead of paying a retired superintendent at a cost of about $100,000 for a half year’s stay mainly, it’s surmised, to keep the head honcho’s desk chair warm?

Why is it that a first search for a replacement cannot be limited to qualified, interested Oregon candidates?  If one’s not found, then expand the search to a national level.  Meanwhile, if one were found in the state, local taxpayers would be saved another $48,300 or the cost to hire a search firm based in Iowa?  Could the local board not advertise the position in state media, interview state-based candidates and save bundles of money for use in classrooms?  Every other school district administrator is hired that way and they’re more important than a superintendent to what happens in classrooms.

Out of what hat do these school board members pull salary numbers like $235,000?  Is that an amount that equals the cost of a respectable living standard in Salem or Keizer?  I’d argue that anyone could live with grace and style for a lot less.  However, it would seem that public education to school board members is that “good” people can be acquired only if the district offers a salary (watch out for those fringe benefits, too) that’s completely out of line with what other personnel in the district are paid.  There must be some educator out there who wants to be a superintendent who will work for less than $235K and I’d bet heavily that impressively resumed person can be found in our own state.

Then there’s the subject of public school governance: the main problem and the reason no reforms will ever come to fruition without its complete and total overhaul.  First and foremost in a governance model that makes a difference, it should be turned on its head.  Superintendents, who are primarily and almost exclusively politicians and not educators, should report to a council of classroom teachers in charge of the district.  Councils of teachers should also be in charge of those far too often authoritarian-bully personalities that go by the “principal” title, especially in our high schools.

Sadly enough, public school board meetings seldom if ever serve the purpose of providing cutting edge education leadership.  They are, to the contrary, sterile, uninspiring sessions where speakers rise to deliver hopelessly obtuse reports in education-speak that the superintendent has already approved to make her look good.  Any board member who does not go along soon finds himself ostracized.

And that pretty well sums up where we are in public education today.  Its total overhaul is the only path to something resembling viable change and a chance through an effective education for Oregon’s young people.  But we’d need a governor who can manage well to lead this effort with knowledge, skills and abilities absent in an office now where even the incumbent’s legacy in Cover Oregon is a catastrophic illness.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)

Teague talks about police changes at WKNA meeting


Keizer police chief speaks at the Jan. 9 West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) meeting.
Keizer police chief speaks at the Jan. 9 West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) meeting.

Of the Keizertimes

John Teague acknowledges his message is different.

Teague, who took over as Keizer’s police chief from the retired Marc Adams last September, shared his vision of policing at a West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) meeting Jan. 9 at Keizer Civic Center.

Teague talked about changes he is making at the Keizer Police Department, some of which were outlined in a Keizertimes profile piece last October. After Teague spoke – concluding with a mention of a community survey to assess how the KPD is doing – he fielded audience questions.

One question came from former Keizer City Councilor David McKane, who has been largely out of the public eye since an unsuccessful run for mayor in 2012. McKane, who sat next to fellow former councilor Ken LeDuc, indicated he came to hear the new police chief speak.

“So your performance is based on how we feel as a community,” McKane said. “That’s refreshing to hear. For years it was about how many officers we have in Keizer.”

Teague responded he would like a few more resources, but that won’t be his emphasis.

“You won’t hear it from me,” the chief said. “I would like to have another detective. If we want to patrol more aggressively, I would like two more officers for patrols. We don’t solve crimes as well as we could. We just don’t have the capacity in-house to do it. For years, I heard we need 16 more bodies. Really, we need one or three more.”

Teague pointed to Andrew Copeland serving as patrol lieutenant as one example of the changes he is making.

“I don’t want him spending his time managing guys,” Teague said. “I want him to identify problems and use resources to solve them. There’s a team that is available to him. That reduces the cost of crime to us, and to you.”

A former longtime sergeant before spending four years as the police chief in Dallas, Teague noted changes in policing – both over the years and since coming back to Keizer.

“You really are safe,” Teague told the two dozen audience members. “You’re safer now than 40 years ago. It doesn’t always feel that way. But the numbers tell that and the numbers we get today are good numbers. The numbers are getting more accurate.

“Police work is becoming a profession,” he added. “In the days before an officer was hired on Friday, showed up on Monday and got the gun and keys. Now officers have four months of training and then 16 to 18 weeks of training on the street.”

Teague said evidence-based policing looks at what officers do and helps them be better.

“It excites me that we can do what we do better,” he said. “The reason it’s good for you and for Keizer cops is we have an astute bunch that works for us. When I arrived, they were looking for something more deeply satisfying. We quickly got to the point where we begin to look beyond a crime and solve the problem behind the crime. That helps prevent crime from happening. We reduce the cost of incarceration and the cost to victims. It can reduce your opportunities for victimization.

“I like the idea of doing something that really makes people’s lives better, including the lives of those who would have otherwise committed a crime,” Teague added. “There is not a set number of criminals set to do a number of crimes. We can prevent (crimes) from happening. About half the time they won’t happen anywhere else. That’s what evidence-based policing tells us.”

According to Teague, youth in trouble with the law and put into the criminal system “almost invariably” get into more trouble down the road. He prefers stopping that cycle before it starts.

“Peer Court, hands down, works,” he said of the city’s system that features Thursday afternoon youth court sessions with peers. “Those kinds of things must remain funded. It’s money well spent. We’re not pointing a kid towards a road that is bad.”

Two from Keizer arrested after lengthy chase


Courtesy Marion County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Two 20-year-old Keizer residents were arrested Tuesday night after leading police on a chase lasting more than 30 minutes.

Around 8 p.m. Jan. 21, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to investigate a disturbance in southeast Salem. The deputies knew only that a white car and Edgar Ramirez-Gallegos of Keizer, 20, were involved.

Ramirez-Gallegos had outstanding warrants for a parole violation and charges of Burglary 1 and Assault 4. Deputies found the vehicle on Lancaster Drive NE near Beverly Avenue NE. When they attempted to arrest Ramirez-Gallegos, the vehicle sped away.

Deputies pursued the white car as its driver, later identified as Britney Quezada of Keizer, 20, disobeyed numerous traffic signals and posted speed limits.

Edgar Ramirez-Gallegos
Edgar Ramirez-Gallegos

After four minutes, Quezada stopped the vehicle to let her sister and her own 2-year-old daughter out of the car.

Quezada and Ramirez-Gallegos then continued to attempt to elude the deputies. Near Lancaster Drive NE at Hayesville Drive NE, a deputy utilized a Pursuit Immobilization Technique, or “PIT Maneuver.”

The PIT Maneuver is the intentional forced rotation of a suspect’s vehicle by a pursuing police vehicle in an effort to stop the suspect’s flight or illegal activity. PIT is a technique intended to reduce risks through bringing pursuits to a conclusion.

The PIT Maneuver stopped the car, but the deputies were unable to completely box it in. Quezada escaped through a parking lot and the pursuit resumed.

Quezada drove onto I-5, reaching speeds of 90 mph. When she exited at Ehlen Road NE, the deputies were able to bring the chase to an end with another PIT Maneuver.

Quezada was arrested and transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility where she was booked for the charges of Attempting to Elude the Police, Reckless Driving and four counts of Reckless Endangering.

Britney Quezada
Britney Quezada

Ramirez-Gallegos was also taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility where he remains in custody for his outstanding warrants. The passenger who was let out of the vehicle will not face any criminal charges and the child is safe with family.

The vehicle pursuit lasted 36 minutes and covered more than 25 miles. No one was injured. Officers from the Keizer Police Department, Salem Police Department, Oregon State Police and Woodburn assisted during the pursuit.

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.

Mat men dominate Tigers


Celt Steven Wilkerson angles for an escape from Tualatin High School’s Ace Leben. Wilkerson narrowly lost the match, but the Celts took the dual meet. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Steven Wilkerson angles for an escape from Tualatin High School’s Ace Leben. Wilkerson narrowly lost the match, but the Celts took the dual meet. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

There was little doubt, as the evening unfolded, that McNary High School would win its dual meet with Tualatin High School.

The Celts took the meet 45-21, but two of the McNary team members found themselves embroiled in battles that brought the attendees to their feet.

At 182 pounds, Celt Zach Hammerschmith battled a flu bug in addition to his opponent, Franklin Giannone. It was a see-saw match for Hammerschmith that saw the score tied 8-8 in the final 15 seconds of the match-up. Hammerschmith had taken a timeout due to illness not long before and was visibly shaky as he summoned up the strength to continue time and time again.

“I just didn’t want to lose. I kept telling myself that and I just mustered up everything I had for the last 10 seconds of the match,” Hammerschmith said.

In the final reset, Hammerschith opted for the bottom position and escaped for the 9-8 win with four seconds left on the clock.

The last time the two opponents met, when Hammerschmith was a sophomore, it was Giannone who escaped with the win.

After a forfeit by McNary and a 3-1 win by Celt Alvarro Venegas at 220 pounds, McNary junior Steven Wilkerson, a first-year Celt wrestler, stepped to the mat with Tiger Ace Leben.

In a back-and-forth battle that saw the wrestlers tie the score more than once. Leben opted for the bottom position as the third round entered the final seconds. And it was Leben who got the escape at the final second for the 7-6 win.

For the most part, the Celtics dominated their Tualatin opponents throughout the night.

At 106 pounds, Sean Burrows won by pin in a speedy 36 seconds; Joey Kibbey won by pin in 1:27 at 113 pounds; Louis Palos won by pin in 1:06 at 120 pounds; Michael Phelps won by pin in 3:45; Caleb Conner pinned his opponent in 3:54; Ryan Edsall won by pin in the final second of the first round; and Taran Purkey won in a 4-0 decision.

Conner said a rush of adrenaline right before taking to the mat helped turn things his way.

Rough numbers given for Charge house upgrade proposal at KRP


Of the Keizertimes

Rick Day may no longer be on the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, but a project he championed continues to move forward.

For several years, Day was the driving force behind plans to renovate the former Charge house or caretaker’s house at Keizer Rapids Park.

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, gave an update on the project during Tuesday’s Parks Board meeting.

“We do have the architectural report back,” Lawyer said. “It just outlines things. Everything is positive. The structure is feasible.”

Lawyer noted the report had a cost estimate based on plans Day had drawn up, not an alternative drawing by Richard Walsh which slightly altered the layout.

“It didn’t include the alternate floor plan,” Lawyer said. “That might change construction costs, but I don’t know to what degree.”

Walsh has been in discussion with the leaders from the Salem-based Straub Environmental Learning Center about the potential use of the building for educational purposes.

“I talked with the city council about Straub,” Walsh said. “We had a non-binding draft. We had the additional drawing to accommodate the needs of the Straub Center. The council said they liked the concept and to continue the discussions. I look forward to working with the Straub Environmental Learning Center.”

Lawyer said the big number for the project was the $93,000 estimated for a new septic system.

“That assumes the city pays for everything to be done,” he noted. “Any donated material and labor will lower the cost.”

Lawyer also had an estimated cost for the work on the building itself, which would include a new metal roof and reconfiguring the current layout.

“The cost is about $150,000,” Lawyer said. “That’s contracting the entire job, for all the work. It does not specifically deal with the electrical and plumbing costs. The good news of this is the structure is clearly feasible for the intended use, which is what we were really looking for in this report.”

In other business Tuesday:

• Brandon Smith was unanimously selected as new board chair. Former chair Walsh made the nomination. Smith, in turn, nominated David Louden as vice chair, a move also unanimously approved.

With Smith running the meeting, there was a notable difference: the meeting took barely more than 30 minutes. In the past, meetings have typically taken two hours when Walsh was chair. Lawyer couldn’t resist making a quip about it.

“Richard, it’s been three years of pain,” Lawyer said with a laugh. “I’m sorry, that was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I couldn’t resist.”

• Many of last year’s meetings ran long due to in-depth discussion of a proposed parks fee ballot measure. Mayor Lore Christopher and Keizer City Council members threw cold water on the idea last month.

“We were advised by the council in very definite terms not to pursue options at this time,” Smith said. “We’ll put off a public hearing until at least October, when the playground (at Keizer Rapids Park) is done. There was a concern people could think the new tax would be used for the new play structure. It will be off the agenda until at least October.”

• Tuesday’s meeting was held in council chambers for the first time, a move made necessary because Parks Board meetings are now being televised on K-23.

• Board member Jason Bruster was reappointed last month by the Volunteer Coordinating Committee, but there were some reservations due to the number of meetings Bruster has missed. Walsh spoke in favor of Bruster, which helped him be reappointed.

Bruster was absent on Tuesday.

Lady Celts chain up Bulldogs, fall to Black Tornadoes’ winds


Lady Celt Baili Keeton powers through a pair of South Salem defnders in the game Tuesday, Jan. 14. Despite starting the game with a 7-0 lead, McNary fell to the Saxons 60-42. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Lady Celt Baili Keeton powers through a pair of South Salem defnders in the game Tuesday, Jan. 14. Despite starting the game with a 7-0 lead, McNary fell to the Saxons 60-42. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team has more Ls than Ws headed into the first games of league play this week, but the one thing the Lady Celts aren’t making is excuses.

“It can’t become an ongoing thing that the shots won’t fall because there’s more to the game than that. There’s defense and running the plays hard, correctly and with precision,” said senior Baili Keeton. “We don’t always consider the things that coaches expect of us individually. If we focus on that the rest of it will come together.”

The Keizer team lost two of its final three games before the start of Central Valley Conference play, but it was a 39-37 loss to North Medford High School Saturday, Jan. 11, that stung the hardest.

“They beat us really bad last year (59-50),” said Ashlee Koenig, a McNary senior. “The loss this time, after knowing we were so close, was tough.”

The Lady Celts had a five-point lead after the first quarter, but a scoring drought let the the Black Tornadoes back into the game late in the second quarter. Headed into halftime, North Medford led 22-21. The teams knotted the game at 29-29 by the end of the third quarter and McNary had a three-point lead with just under two minutes to go.

The Tornadoes chipped it down to a single point with a pair of free throws after stopping the Celtics on defense, and a Medford bucket put the southern Oregon team ahead by a point.

“When we were pressing we did well, but as we backed off they caught up a little bit and that was a coaching decision. We pulled back and got stagnant,” said Paul Pickerell, McNary head coach.

Reina Strand led the team with 13 points, Madi Hingston and Kaelie Flores had seven each, Keeton had four points, and Jasmine Ernest, Koenig and Sydney Hunter chipped in two apiece.

The outcome was a sharp turn from the Celtics’ results in a game with Woodburn High School 24 hours prior. McNary won that contest 53-36.

“They flew down the court and we were matching it. We play better when the pace is really fast and they had a lot of energy in the gym,” Koenig said.

Hingston (13 points), Strand (12) and Keeton (11) all put up double-digit offensive numbers in the outing. Keeton said it was the first game of the season when everything seemed to come naturally.

“We weren’t forcing it. We ran the plays we know well and weren’t focused on the score,” she said.

Hunter put up six points for the Celtics, Flores chipped in five, Emma Jones had four and Cammie Decker had two.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Celts squared off with West Albany High School, on Jan. 7, and fell 59-41.

The Celts started CVC competition with the beasts of the league, South Salem High School, Tuesday, Jan. 14. The Saxons were already ranked the fifth-place team in Oregon’s 6A OSAA classification before the game began.

“South is a really solid team and championship. contenders. We’re going to play them hard and try to do the things we know we do well. We’re asking girls just to be competitive and compete hard,” Pickerell said.

As for the players, they weren’t looking for excuses.

“We don’t need a crowd to do well and win the game, we can pick it up for ourselves,” Koenig said. “South’s is great, but we are a good enough team to compete with them. They have a good defense. But, with the athletic ability we have in the younger girls, we should be able to match it.”

School board to pay $235K for new boss

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For the Keizertimes

The Salem-Keizer School Board is prepared to look beyond Oregon for the next superintendent and to pay that person an annual salary of about $235,000.

No vote was taken on that or any other item Jan. 9 at a work session with Ray & Associates, the search firm involved in hiring the superintendent, because the board does not vote in work sessions.

Three Ray & Associates representatives participated: Gary Ray of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, president of the firm; Sarah Brown of Portland; and John Young of Washougal, Wash.

Board members seemed to agree with director Nancy MacMorris-Adix that limiting the search to Oregon would be unfair to the district because it would involve too few candidates.

The $235,000 figure, which would be subject to negotiation, was proposed by director Chris Brantley after the board looked at a list of districts around the country, some of which paid their superintendents more than that.

There was general agreement that a salary of about $235,000 would be a necessary incentive for many potential superintendents to move to Salem-Keizer.

Board members took Ray’s advice that first advertising the position and then offering a salary is not likely to work in the public sector.

Also generally agreed was that a superintendent need not have a specified degree but must be state-qualified for the position.

Ray & Associates gave board members copies of two suggested timelines for hiring the next superintendent. One would have the final meeting with the search firm the week of March 10, followed by selection of the superintendent

and contract negotiations. The other would have largely the same schedule except for the week of April 7 as the final meeting with Ray & Associates.

The work session was the first public board meeting at which Paula Radich, the interim superintendent, was present. Radich, who is not seeking the permanent position, succeeds Sandy Husk, who has taken the chief executive position with the San Diego-based AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), which helps students obtain college educations.