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Former Keizer teacher will lead school district

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For the Keizertimes

Christy Perry, the former Keizer Elementary School teacher who has been the superintendent of the Dallas School District for the last nine years, will be the next superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District.

The Salem-Keizer School Board hired Perry last Tuesday night. She will take her position July 1, succeeding Paula Radich, who became interim superintendent after Sandy Husk resigned to become chief executive officer of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

Perry’s contract, which is renewable, will run for three years. Her annual salary will be $189,000. Fringe benefits will be sick leave, emergency leave and bereavement leave; accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $100,000; disability insurance paid by the district with benefits taxable to her; and district-paid contributions into a tax-deferred annuity in the amounts of $16,000 for the 2014-15 school year, $19,000 for 2015-16 and $21,000 for 2016-17.

C. Perry
C. Perry

Perry taught fifth grade at Keizer Elementary in 1990-91 and was a Talented and Gifted program assistant there in 1991-92.

In other business, the board accepted the following grants:

• From the Oregon Department of Education: $445,579 for Educator Effectiveness support and Common Core State Standards implementation; $186,174 for student mentoring of a summer program at South Salem High School; $176,882 for preparing, recruiting and retaining culturally and/or linguistically diverse teachers; $68,306 to create a team of staff members to support implementation of English language proficiency standards; $5,227 to support students in the Long Term Care & Treatment program at in-program schools; and $3,012 for the Long Term Care & Treatment Program.

• From the Chalkboard Project: $94,000 for the Teacher Incentive Fund to support the principal leadership cadre; and $50,000 for the same fund to support licensed staff leadership roles.

• From Equal Opportunity Schools: $65,000 for classes at McKay, North Salem and Sprague high schools.

• From the Marion County Health Department: $9,000 for Strengthening Families.

• From the Society for Science & the Public: $8,500 to help a West Salem High School instructor to work with under-resourced students who are motivated to perform research independently.

• From the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund: $1,325 for graduation celebrations; $1,300 to promote reading, writing and math skills.

Also accepted by the board was a donation of a multipurpose athletic facility to Sprague from the Skyline Baseball Club, Green Acres Landscape, Santiam Barns & Supply and Sprague High School Boosters. The total value is estimated at $82,262.

In the Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting, two students each at McNary and McKay high schools were recognized for winning awards in a recent Future Business Leaders of America competition. The McNary students are senior Wyatt Hoag and junior Billy West.

Personnel actions approved by the board included the following for teachers in the McNary attendance area:

• Employment as a temporary full-time teacher for 2013-14 of LaFaye Engle, fourth grade, English for speakers of other languages, Weddle Elementary School.

• Employment as temporary full-time teachers for 2014-15 of Kristi Auvinen, fifth grade, ESOL, Keizer; Chad Christensen, instructional coach, Whiteaker Middle School; Candi Hedrick, instructional coach, Claggett Creek Elementary School; and Laren Vernoy, basic skills, Keizer.

• Employment as a second-year part-time probation teacher for 2014-15 of Abby Federico, learning resources center, Claggett Creek.

• Employment as second-year full-time probation teachers for 2014-15 of Coral Walker, second grade, bilingual, Keizer; Alyssa Schmidt, mathematics, Whiteaker; Mishelle Clum, first grade, ESOL, Kennedy Elementary School; and Beth Malmsten, fifth grade, ESOL, Kennedy.

• Employment as a third-year full-time probationary teacher for 2014-15 of Julia Ortman, Clear Lake, counselor.

• Retirements of Holly Albertson, general music teacher, Gubser Elementary School; Susanne Riley, third-grade teacher, Clear Lake; Barbara Rappleyea, learning resources center teacher, Clear Lake; and Karen Walson, first grade, ESOL, Kennedy.