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For the Keizertimes

The first 2013-14 budget committee meeting of the Salem-Keizer School District started Tuesday with the election of Betty Pataccoli as chair and Nancy MacMorris-Adix as vice chair.

Pataccoli, a non-board member of the committee, was vice chair for the last two years and succeeds Chris Brantley as chair. Brantley is a board member, as is MacMorris-Adix.

The committee has a tradition of electing a board member and a citizen member to the leadership positions.

Superintendent Sandy Husk, noting it was her last budget committee meeting, told the committee of her hopes that state revenues and a reform of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) would bring more revenue to the district soon.

Husk, who is leaving in January to become chief executive officer of the San Diego-based AVID, a student-supporting nonprofit, also noted the possibility of $4 million coming to schools statewide from a recalculation of numbers of students who are below the poverty line.

“This is a very tough time to be leaving,” she said.

Michael Wolfe, chief operating officer of the district, read off the early part of the budget meeting schedule. The committee will meet Feb. 25 and March 18 to work on the budget; April 22 for the interim superintendent’s budget message; and May 19 through 22 for public hearings. All meetings will start at 6 p.m.