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For the Keizertimes

The retirement of Mary Cadez as an assistant superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District was announced at the Dec. 11  Salem-Keizer School Board meeting.

The Keizer resident, whose retirement will take effect July 1, has held her current position and lived in Keizer for the six years she has been with the district. Her duties have involved human resources, staff quality, professional development, middle schools, risk management, charter schools, the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) project, student teaching and university collaboration.

“It will be an enormous loss to the district,” board chairperson Nancy MacMorris-Adix said of Cadez’ retirement. “I know I can speak for the entire board in saying we’ll miss you.”

Asked about her plans after retirement, Cadez said: “I don’t know. I’m trying to stay focused on the next seven months. I have a lot of things to do before I leave the school district.”

In other business Tuesday:

• The board approved issuing $46,365,000 in general obligation refunding bonds to pay off the final five years of the 2004 general obligation bonds.

The new bond will reduce interest rates and debt securities requirements by about 3.4 percent.

• For the second consecutive month, many audience members urged the board to get Planned Parenthood out of the schools. As others did at the November meeting, they argued that providing access to abortion misled and endangered youth. No one spoke in favor of allowing Planned Parenthood representatives to continue lecturing to classes.

• In the Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting, the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at McNary High School received the first-place youth marching award for the Veterans Day parade in Albany.

Kelly Carlisle, director of high schools, noted during the presentation that even though the program is new, McNary has 118 cadets and is one of only two Air Force JROTC programs in Oregon.

• The board approved for first reading a formal offer for the sale of Middle Grove School. Final action is expected at the board’s next regular meeting on Jan. 22, 2013.