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School board leases new land

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For the Keizertimes

A proposed 10-year lease of an acre of the Central Kitchen Site, at $1,791.67 per month for the first two years, was approved at Tuesday’s Salem-Keizer School Board meeting.

City of Salem approval of a zone change will be necessary for the lease to take effect. A zone change would not affect the district’s current use of the property.

State Investments LLC would maintain and operate the parking lot, with options for two additional five-year extensions if the district and State Investments LLC agree to the extensions.

The board also approved attendance area boundary changes in West Salem. The changes are intended to improve balance in school capacities and educational programs of the elementary and middle schools. Paul Kyllo was the one director who voted against changing the boundaries; he said it would make dual language programs less available.

First reading was held on a request from the city of Salem for approval of the Multiple-Unit Housing Tax Incentive Program, which would involve property tax exemptions for up to 10 years to stimulate housing construction in core areas. Construction would be on the former Boise Cascade site.

The Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting involved McNary High School twice. Uptown Music was honored as Business Partner of the Month for helping the fine arts program at McNary, largely by securing 12 electronic pianos at great discounts. Also, Jim Taylor, McNary music teacher, was recognized for having received the Keizer Chamber of Commerce President’s Award.

The following grant and contract budgets totaling $1,561,618.73 received board approval.

• From the Oregon Department of Education: $495,222 for the Getting Ready for Oregon’s Workforce (G.R.O.W.) programs, for architecture at McKay High School and restaurant management at North Salem High School; $475,618 for the Steps to Oregon and American Revitalization (S.O.A.R.) programs in culinary arts at South Salem High School and emergency medical technician and fire science programs at West Salem High School; $94,180 for services and staff professional development to assist English language learners; $72,630 for programs for migrant children; $20,000 each for instructional improvement strategies at Auburn, Highland and Hoover elementary schools; $8,694.96 for students in the Long Term Care and Treatment Program; $7,663 for services for neglected and delinquent youth; and $1,363.77 for Long Term Care and Treatment supplies.

• From Chalkboard: $153,333 for the Grow Your Own Cadet program for students interested in the teaching field; $109,000 for establishing leadership roles and responsibilities for licensed staff; and $84,481 for Teacher Incentive Fund-related programs.

In other business, the board:

• Proclaimed the week of March 3-7 as Classified Employee Appreciation Week.

• Approved other personnel actions, including the resignation of David E. Lowry as a learning resource center teacher at Claggett Creek Elementary School.