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UPDATES: Salem-Keizer School Board to consider budget, approve election results

June 14, 2021 at 3:50pm

Looking for a job in Salem? Drive-through job fair this Wednesday

Chemeketa Community College (File/Salem Reporter)

The Salem area’s workforce development nonprofit and Chemeketa Community College are holding a drive-through job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the college’s parking lot at 400 Lancaster Dr. N.E. 

The job fair will include representatives from a range of employers including Team Mobile, Salem Health, ACPI Woodworks, Salem-Keizer Public Schools and staffing agencies. 

Walkups are also welcome. Those who attend are advised to wear a mask. For more information call Suzie Gibson at 541-913-2889. 

-Jake Thomas

June 14, 2021 at 2:36pm

Make Music Day returns to Salem next week with in-person performances

People sit in the alley to watch a performance during Make Music Day Salem 2019. (Saphara Harrell/ Salem Reporter)

More than 100 musical groups will perform around Salem next week for the annual Make Music Day event.

Now in its sixth year, the free event runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, June 21 with live performances after going virtual last year.

Salem is the only city in Oregon to participate in the global event.

Musicians will be performing in downtown, north Salem, south Salem, the Willamette Heritage Center and in parks and neighborhoods.

There will also be events for anyone to participate like bucket drumming and a harmonica giveaway. A silent disco will close out the event.

More information is available at makemusicsalem.org 

-Saphara Harrell

June 14, 2021 at 11:23am

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider psychiatric services contracts

Colm Willis, Marion County commissioner, sits in on a video conference on May 5, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider several contracts for psychiatric services and to extend a contract for policing in east Salem.


Commissioners will consider approving a $540,000 contract with Robert Wolf to provide medical director services for the county's behavioral health programs until May 2024.

They will consider approving a $273,000 contract with Nathaniel Kravitz to provide psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner services to individuals in mental health programs through June 2023.

They will also consider approving a $500,000 contract with Salem Health to provide acute inpatient psychiatric services retroactive from January through December.

Commissioners will consider approving $4.1 million in incoming funds from the East Salem Service District to provide stormwater services through June 2026.

Additionally, they will consider approving an additional $4.9 million for a contract that provides Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies in east Salem. The total contract would be $9.8 million and last until June 2024.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

-Saphara Harrell

June 14, 2021 at 10:31am

Salem-Keizer School Board to consider budget, approve election results

The Salem-Keizer School Board will vote on a $1.5 billion operating budget for the coming school year at a meeting Tuesday and approve the results of the May election where local voters selected four new school board members.

View the meeting agenda here.

Board members will vote on a new student advisor to the board from among four high school students who applied for the job. Current student advisor Leanette Mabinton is graduating.

Tuesday's meeting will be the final meeting for the current seven-member board. Current board members Kathy Goss, Sheronne Blasi, Jesse Lippold Peone and Paul Kyllo are leaving, to be replaced by newly elected members Osvaldo Avila, Ashley Carson Cottingham, Karina Guzmán Ortiz and María Hinojos Pressey.

The four new board members will take their seats in July, joining Satya Chandragiri, Danielle Bethell and Marty Heyen, who are halfway through their four-year terms.

To participate: The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. Only board members and designated school district employees can attend the meeting in person. It will be livestreamed on YouTube at the links below, as well as on CC:Media, channel 21.

English: https://youtu.be/nQC59sLAv-8

Spanish: https://youtu.be/iAg7RSBRkAY

Public comments may be submitted until noon Monday, June 14 using this form. The board is not currently accepting live public comment.

-Rachel Alexander