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‘No’ vote on charter school

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For the Keizertimes

A second draft proposal for a fifth charter school in the Salem-Keizer School District received a negative vote from the School Board on Tuesday on the advice of the school administration.

Superintendent Christy Perry told the board an administrative committee found the second proposal to fall short of a component required by Oregon law and to fall short of several components required by district policy.

The board voted 6-1 to send the proposal back to the developers of Capital Preparatory Charter School. Jeff Faville, who voted for the draft, said he thought it was ready for the Oregon Department of Education, which must approve any such proposal, to review it.

State requirements not addressed in the proposal, the administrative committee had decided, involved a description of the expected results of the curriculum and charter school compliance with state and federal mandates.

Many more deficiencies were found where district policy was concerned. They included several curriculum issues and several issues involving state and federal policy.  Also found not sufficiently addressed were calculation of student membership, several personnel issues, and matters involving finance and budget and staff discipline policies.

In other state-related matters, Perry discussed the new policy of funding full-day kindergarten statewide. She said that full funding has yet to come from the state and that there is no mandate for full-day kindergarten.

“You’ll get a lot more information,” she told the board.

A more positive report involved the Career and Technical Education Center, for which Perry said the building, now under construction, is “looking good.” CTEC will open in September with 180 students.

The board accepted five grants, three from the ODE. The ODE grants were $6,638,403 for costs, mostly involving staffing, of special education and related services; $114,000 for mentoring of beginning teachers; and $13,597 for programs for migrant children;

In other business, the board:

• Proclaimed March 2-6 as Classified Employee Appreciation Week.

• Heard Doris Jarrett of Keizer, a district bus driver, say bus drivers in the Salem-Keizer district are not paid as well as those in other districts of comparable size.

• Heard two people speak from the audience against Planned Parenthood involvement in the schools.

• Approved personnel actions including hiring Sarah Brending as a temporary full-time teacher of English for speakers of other languages for Gubser Elementary School first-graders, and the retirement of Darrell Trussell as a mathematics teacher at McNary High School.