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Day: December 18, 2014

School board sets priorities for 2015

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Oregon School Boards Association matters took up much of Tuesday’s Salem-Keizer School Board meeting.

Several legislative policy and priority resolutions were approved, and a director candidate from the North Santiam School District received the board’s vote.

The OSBA’s legislative policy committee has proposed that the association introduce and support legislation in 2015 that would:

• Support student achievement.

• Provide stable and adequate funding.

• Empower local school boards and provide for shared accountability.

• Oppose any federal- or state-imposed mandate that would not lead to increased academic achievement or not be accompanied with necessary funding to implement the mandate.

• Promote capital construction and improvements.

• Provide relief from cost-drivers such as the Public Employees Retirement System, health insurance and any federal- or state-mandated program or service.

State legislative policies that the OSBA committee has approved call for:

• Investing in public schools to ensure adequate and stable funding.

• Reforming tax policy.

• Mandating relief and paperwork reduction for school districts and education service districts.

• Supporting districts through the state Department of Education.

• Financial and program accountability.

• State bonding for district capital and infrastructure needs.

• Programs for school improvement, special education and ESDs in ways that give local school officials maximum flexibility.

• Providing well-rounded and rigorous curricula and increased access to online education.

• Supporting public charter schools.

• Supporting career and technical education.

• Supporting post-secondary opportunities for high school students.

• Increasing local control of collective bargaining and management rights.

• Keeping determination of school employee rights through local bargaining.

• Ensuring that teacher and administrator licensing requirements maintain necessary levels of preparation.

• Supporting local and state programs for teacher and administrator development.

• Continuing the Oregon Education Investment Board under specified  conditions.

• Supporting the state Board of Education as the state-level policy-making body for elementary and secondary schools.

• Keeping district governance in the hands of voters.

• Supporting local measures for school safety and student wellness.

The OSBA board candidate receiving Salem-Keizer board support was Tass Morrison of Sublimity, who is running unopposed.

In other business, the board voted to renew the charter of the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School.

Doors swing open at Keizer’s newest salon

Salon Trio partners Carolyn Childs (left), Molly Barrett (right) and Hope Martinez (seated). (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz)
Salon Trio partners Carolyn Childs (left), Molly Barrett (right) and Hope Martinez (seated). (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz)

With three you get a new salon. Trio Salon has opened its doors at the Sandy River Center at 5171 River Road. The three owners are Hope Martinez, who has  many years of experience with several salons and the Tangled Ends Hair Academy in Keizer. She is joined in the new venture by Molly Barrett and Carolyn Childs.

Martinez is a former owner of Salon 124, and she also owns a salon in west Salem. Barrett and Childs are both graduates of Tangled Ends.The salon will specialize in designer cuts, coloring, extensions, make-up and body waxing.

“This is a labor of love,” said Childs of the salon the three decorated in white and black.

“We’re magic,” remarked Barrett of the working and personal relationship the three owners share.

Though each of the three owners bring their unique views and skills to their new venture, they all agree they are looking for the same result.

“We want our clients to feel good when they leave here, and feel they got their money’s worth,” said Martinez.

All three said these days their clients are turning to the Internet site Pinterest to get ideas for hair designs. Martinez, Barrett and Childs will do what their clients ask regardless of where the idea came from. There will be many services available at the salon; cuts will start at $30.

Soon clients will be able to make appointments online at triosalonkeizer.com, or by phone at 503-463-6213, but of course they also accept walk-in business.