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School board rakes in grants

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For the Keizertimes

Six grant budgets totaling $3,767,797 were approved at Tuesday night’s Salem-Keizer School Board meeting.

Four came from the Oregon Department of Education and were headed by a $2,529,052 instructional services carryover, supplementing district resources to ensure that students in schools with high poverty percentages achieve high-quality education.

Also from ODE is a $525,600 grant to support educators in their first two years of professional practice who are hired to teach or administer in the Mid-Willamette Valley Consortium. The other two are $205,875 for the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and $9,429 for the Afterschool At-Risk Spring Break Program.

A $422,841 grant for the Youth Transition Program, which prepares students who have disabilities for employment and post-secondary education, came from the state Department of Human Services.

A $75,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation will fund a project for developmental and early learning experience.

The board also ratified a contract to Sodexo for the child nutrition program for the 2014-15 school years.

Personnel actions approved by the board included:

• Employment as temporary full-time teachers of Ruth Langstraat, mathematics, Whiteaker Middle School, and Kristi Tomlin, English, McNary High School.

• Employment as first-year probation full-time teachers of Amy Garrison, learning resource center, Cummings Elementary School; and Deborah Jones and Amber Brown, fifth grade, English for speakers of other languages, Weddle Elementary School.

• Employment as contract full-time teachers of Holly Smucker, kindergarten, ESOL, Kennedy Elementary School; Elizabeth Jacobson-Secor, mathematics, McNary; and Marrla Wilkinson, English, McNary.

• Resignation of Noe Rojas, Spanish, McNary.