For the Keizertimes

Nancy MacMorris-Adix, who has been vice chairperson of the Salem-Keizer School Board, was unanimously elected chairperson Tuesday and immediately took over the office.

The board also elected Rick Kimball vice chairperson; he stepped down from the chair. It voted to continue the Salem law firm of Garret, Hemann Robertson, PC, as legal counsel. Paul Dakopolos has been its regular representative for the district.

Annual approval of a contract for Superintendent Sandy Husk was unanimous. Director Ron Jones, just before the vote, asked for an explanation of a salary increase mentioned in the contract. Kimball said that each administrator would receive a 2 percent increase annually in accordance with a previously approved board decision, and that she and the others were giving them back in furlough days.

Husk’s current salary is $191,563 for the 2012-13 school year.

The board heard Steve Chambers, a former board chairperson, urge consideration of a technical high school or technical programs for the district. Chambers said that with all the attention the district has been paying to college-bound students, it should do the same for those who seek trade positions.

Husk announced the hirings of Sandy Price as director of elementary education, Angela Rasmussen as assistant principal of West Salem High School, Daniel Nanez as assistant principal of North Salem High School, Katy Naff as temporary principal of Englewood Elementary School, Christina Tracy as temporary principal of Howard Street Charter School, and Tami Badinger as temporary secondary education coordinator, special projects, Dropout Prevention and Intervention Services.

Personnel actions approved by the board included:

• A full-time teaching contract for Jeanne Woodley, library media, McNary High School.

• Employment of Adair Wolf as a third-year probation fourth-grade bilingual teacher at Kennedy Elementary School.

• Employment of Marrla Wilkinson, English teacher at McNary, as a temporary full-time teacher.

• Employment of Aaron Lawson, behavioral specialist at Claggett Creek Middle School, and Robert Garcia, senior aerospace instructor at McNary, as first-year probation full-time teachers.

• Employment of Michele Condello as a less-than-half-time reading teacher at Forest Ridge Elementary School.

• Recall of Shawn Hall, who had been laid off as a Claggett Creek physical education teacher.