UPDATES: Salem-Keizer School Board meets Tuesday


The Salem-Keizer School Board will select its next student representative for the upcoming school year on Tuesday and consider revisions to board policies as the board aims to resume in-person meetings.


Board members will choose between two high school students, Raylin Brennan and Isaac McDonald, who applied for the one-year volunteer position of student counselor with the school board. Current counselor McKay High School Grace Caldwell is graduating at the end of the year.

The board will consider adopting new policies governing public comment and practice as it plans to resume in-person meetings. The policies outline situations in which a person may be evicted from a public meeting or District property, including “abusive, threatening, vulgar, or hateful speech, including speech articulated on signs and clothing,” damage to District property, vandalism, fighting, threatening behavior and “conduct that disrupts the operation of District meetings/events or business; making an unreasonably loud or disturbing noise”.

“If a person deviates from expressed expectations of behavior … the meeting chair or person facilitating the meeting will take corrective action,” the policy says. “Repeated attempts may be made to bring a disruptive participant to order in a meeting. If these attempts fail, the disruptive person may be asked to leave the meeting, or they may be removed from the meeting space and/or of district property. The chairperson of the council may interrupt, suspend, or adjourn meetings when the safety of the meeting and attendees is compromised. Security or law enforcement may assist.”

The board will consider a resolution supporting the expansion of the district’s bilingual programs, something administrators plan to begin in the next school year.

Council members will also vote on a 10-year property tax exemption for an apartment building planned to be built at 420 Center Street NE by DD applicant Salem Center Two under the Housing Tax Incentive Program. multi-dwelling in the city. The board approved a five-year exemption on March 8. According to the agenda, since that vote the developer has committed to providing 10 affordable housing units under the scheme and is now applying for the 10-year exemption allowed under the scheme.

Board members will also have a first reading on an amendment to Valley Inquiry Charter School’s charter contract, which would extend its contract for another five years through 2031. The high school is expanding to add college grades, requiring a loan for infrastructure modernization. , and the lender asks for assurance that the school will still be operating at the end of the term of the loan, depending on the agenda item. The board will vote on the amendment at its June 14 meeting.

Participate: The meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 and will be held online only. Public comment registration closed on Monday afternoon; comments will be posted on the district website the day after the meeting. Watch the meeting live on YouTube using the links below.

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSUL-lQp_Cs

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIWtll7TMLU

The meeting will also be broadcast on CC:Media, channel 21.

-Rachel Alexander


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