For the Keizertimes

Proposed budget cuts to address a $23.8 million shortfall in state funding were presented to the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday.

Superintendent Sandy Husk, who had announced at the June board meeting that the reductions, as outlined by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, would cut the 2010-11 budget by $18 million for a total of $23.8 million in budget cuts, made a powerpoint presentation on proposed cuts to reach the new shortfall figure.

Husk outlined the following breakdown of reductions:

• $10.1 million by reducing the ending fund balance to 4 percent and reducing the school startup fund and the risk management reserve.

• $4.6 million by cutting employee compensation through four unpaid days.

• $2.8 million by a hiring freeze.

• $2.93 million by cutting funding for supplies, materials and purchased services.

• $870,000 by eliminating funding for new textbooks and career-technology education expansion.

• $2.5 million by transferring the general fund item for capital maintenance to the bond fund.

The board is expected to vote on the proposal Aug. 10.

In other business, the board elected Rick Kimball as its new chair and Nancy MacMorris-Adix as its new vice chair. They took their positions immediately after the election, which was one of the earlier items of the meeting. Kimball succeeds Steve Chambers, and MacMorris-Adix succeeds Ron Jones.

The board approved a three-year contract for Husk. Her salary for 2010-11 will be $189,666; it will be at least that for each of the remaining years.

The board approved a 30-month contract for Assistant Superintendent Mary Cadez, a 36-month contract for Assistant Superintendent Salam Noor and a 24-month contract for Michael Wolfe as assistant superintendent for business and support services.

Other personnel actions approved by the board included:

•Changing the status of Ron Wiebe, mathematics teacher at Claggett Creek Middle School, from contract full-time to contract part-time.

•Hiring Michele Condello as a reading teacher at Forest Ridge Elementary School; George Thomson as a first-year probation full-time orchestra teacher at McNary High School; Melissa Houston as a second-year probation full-time learning resource center teacher at Claggett Creek Middle School; and Kelsy Bowers as a third-year probation full-time English teacher at Whiteaker Middle School.

•Accepting the resignations of Jana Fitzpatrick as a first-grade teacher at Gubser Elementary School and Erica Kerr as a literacy teacher at Weddle Elementary School, and the retirement of Debra Fiscus as a physical education teacher at Keizer Elementary School.