For the Keizertimes

All five vacancies on the Citizens’ Budget Committee were filled at Tuesday’s Salem-Keizer School Board meeting.

There were six candidates, one of whom, Todd Edgar, had just completed a term on the committee. Terms are for three years, but Edgar, because he was named to the position Jim Green vacated after joining the board, will serve the remaining two years of the term for which Green was elected.

Others elected were Betty Pattacolli, Susan Ray, Doug Kosty and Lloyd Chapman. All live in Salem, as does Green. Joseph Gillis, the candidate not elected, lives in Keizer.

Each candidate had to receive at least four votes, a majority of the board membership. Directors Ron Jones and Green had excused absences.

Before the routine vote to adopt the consent calendar, which includes the minutes of the previous meeting, legal counsel Paul Dakopolos advised board members to be sparing in their abstentions. He said that although abstaining because of a conflict of interest or other legal issue was proper, there was no reason to do so regarding approval of minutes of a meeting a director did not attend.

The board recalled eight licensed personnel who had been on layoff status. One was Nicholas McWilliams, English and social studies teacher at Claggett Creek Middle School. Jacqueline Walker was hired as a contract full-time health teacher at Whiteaker Middle School and Andrew Wilson as a first-year probation part-time choir teacher at McNary High School.

Resignations approved by the board included those of Paul Myers as a student behavior specialist at Claggett Creek and Ryan Sticka as a counselor at Middle Grove and Lake Labish elementary schools.