Day: June 14, 2010

School board passes budget

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 2010-11 budget for the Salem-Keizer School District was approved by the School Board on Tuesday. The budget of $684,277,691 involves taxes at the rate of $4.521 per $1,000 assessed valuation for operations and in the amount of $25,838,763 for bonds. Ron Jones, board vice chairperson, was the only director to vote against passage. He argued it would be irresponsible, considering the economic situation of Oregon, to approve an increase in expenditures over those of the current budget. He suggested that the board further discuss plans for new buildings and consider alternative ways to address crowded schools. Chairperson Steve Chambers responded that the district is required to have a budget in place by the end of June and that spending adjustments still would be possible. Grant budgets the board approved included $48,450 for student achievement improvements at Claggett Creek Middle School. The board re-elected Jim Green to the budget committee for a three-year term. James Aiken was also a candidate for the position. Included in the Spotlight on Success presentations was an award of $1,000 to Jim Taylor, director of choirs at McNary High School, as Music Educator of the Year. Taylor, who was absent because of a concert, won the $1,000 from the Oregon Symphony Association after placing first in the Best of the Northwest competition and second in an Oregon School...

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Keizer Fire assists in urgent delivery

Keizer Fire District medics responded to a call of a woman in labor near Plymouth Dr. NE on Monday, June 3. [MAP: 1] That evening, paramedics arrived to find the woman in active labor and delivery of the child imminent. Paramedics Greg Biben and Rachel Grier knew the mother would not make it to Salem Hospital before delivery so they stayed at the residence to assist the mother. The baby was born with no complications; mother and baby are both doing well.The child, a healthy baby boy weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces was born at 11:02 p.m. at the family’s residence. Mother and baby were then transported to Salem Hospital Family Birth Center following delivery to be evaluated. “This was the first time I have delivered a baby,” stated Biben. “I relied on all the training I have been given throughout my years at the Keizer Fire District.” Grier added: “Some people go their whole careers without delivering a baby. I feel honored to have been able to assist with three in my short...

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