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

Salem-Keizer School Board members will consider buying Auburn Park from Marion County to expand neighboring Auburn Elementary School.

Board members will vote Tuesday night on purchasing a little over 4 acres of county land for $375,000. A portion of those funds will be used for appraisals to help the county find a new park site.

Board members will also vote on granting the city of Keizer access to the south side of the Whiteaker Middle School campus so city crews can create a right turn lane for westbound traffic on Lockhaven Drive.

The board will consider adding parent Aniceto Jay Taisacan Mundo and McKay High School sophomore Leanette Mabinton to the district's Community Bond Oversight Committee. Mundo has students at McKay, as well as Hayesville and Hammond elementary schools.

The committee's job is to monitor the progress of nearly $620 million in school construction projects approved by voters last spring and make recommendations to the board and district.

Board members will approve a proclamation declaring the week of May 6 Teacher Appreciation Week, approve new hires, resignations and retirements and hear reports on human resources practices and the Howard Street Charter School agreement with the district.

They will approve grants, including $243,174 from the Oregon Department of Education to help students learn English, $256,887 from the agency for staff professional development and $50,985 to add nine preschool students at Hayesville Elementary School. 

Meeting details: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 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: rachel@salemreporter.com or 503-575-1241.

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