AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to review superintendent, extend contracts for district administrators

The Salem-Keizer School Board (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Salem-Keizer School Board members will conduct their annual evaluation of Superintendent Christy Perry at a meeting Tuesday night and consider new contracts for two high-level district administrators.

Chief operations officer Mike Wolfe and human resources director John Beight would both see their contracts extended for three years, through June 30, 2022. Both earn a salary of $148,641, which would not change under the extensions.

The board will also consider changing the language in a resolution allowing the district to use a general contractor for school construction projects, rather than awarding each piece of the project to the lowest bidder. With the change, the general contractor method could be used for projects or packages of projects exceeding $4 million.

Board members will read, but not vote on, resolutions to buy a piece of land adjacent to Auburn Elementary School from Marion County for $360,000 to allow the school to expand during planned construction, and a resolution allowing the city of Keizer right-of-way access for a traffic project near Whiteaker Middle School.

The board will accept recent grants to the district, including more than $500,000 from the Oregon Department of Education to create a district improvement plan and monitor progress, and $152,000 from the Community Resource Trust to continue work improving student achievement at North and McKay high schools.

The board will approve a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month and hear reports on student needs and the community bond oversight committee.

Meeting details: 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the district’s Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street SE.

Board members: Kathy Goss, Sheronne Blasi, Marty Heyen, Jesse Lippold, Paul Kyllo, Jim Green and Chuck Lee.

Reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.

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Rachel Alexander is Salem Reporter’s managing editor. She joined Salem Reporter when it was founded in 2018 and covers city news, education, nonprofits and a little bit of everything else. She’s been a journalist in Oregon and Washington for a decade. Outside of work, she’s a skater and board member with Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby and can often be found with her nose buried in a book.