By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Grants totaling $4,236,700 were approved by the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Most of this month’s grant funding comes from the Oregon Department of Education, the rest from the Chalkboard Project.
The largest grant, $2,553,300, is from ODE and is a continuation grant for the Head Start Oregon Pre-Kindergarten Program. It will allow the district to serve 280 students in 14 classrooms for social and academic preparation for school.
The next largest, from Chalkboard, is $1,165,200, a continuation grant of the Salem-Keizer Mid-Willamette Valley Consortium Mentor Program. It will support mentoring of beginning teachers in Salem-Keizer and eight small school districts.
Also from ODE are five grants of $40,000 each, for expanded reading opportunities at the elementary focus schools of Four Corners, Grant, Richmond, Scott and Swegle; and $3,200 for the Educator Institute on Networking and Transition, to implement transitions that are consistent with state education goals.
The other Chalkboard grants are $235,000 for the Salem-Keizer Collaborative Teach Oregon Project, a continuation grant for partnership work with Corban and Western Oregon universities; and $80,000 as a sub-grant of the Teacher Incentive Fund multiyear grant.
In the Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting, Janet Webster was honored for her many volunteer hours for seven years for her weeding and planting in the courtyard of Whiteaker Middle School. Standing with Webster during the presentation of the certificate were her daughter, Laura Perez, former Whiteaker principal, and Julia DeWitt, current principal at Whiteaker.
Contracts approved by the board included those for:
• Kevin Ohmart, less than half-time band teacher, McNary High School.
• Eric Schmit, advanced mathematics teacher, McNary; Gordon Ogo, orchestra teacher, Claggett Creek Middle School; and Joseph Zehr, English teacher, Claggett Creek – temporary full-time teachers.
• Dustin Williams, general music teacher, Weddle Elementary School, and Misty Connor, kindergarten English for speakers of other languages teacher, Clear Lake Elementary School – first-year probation part-time teachers.
• Sheli Wagers, science teacher, Claggett Creek, first-year probation full-time teacher.
The board approved the resignation of Jeanne-Ann Williams as a Clear Lake ESOL teacher.
Superintendent Christy Perry commented at the end of the meeting that she was impressed on her recent visit to the Keizer Rotary Club by the Rotarians’ praise of McNary athletic programs because of their emphasis on building maturity in students rather than on winning. She added that Mayor Lore Christopher and the City Council had urged her to meet with them several times a year.