By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes

The Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday, May 9, renewed the district contract with Howard Street Charter School for a five-year term starting July 1.

Renewal was approved by a 5-2 vote, with Paul Kyllo and Jim Green opposed. Kyllo opposes the charter school concept. Green’s objection was to a provision that if the school moves from the South Salem High School annex, the district will reimburse the school $10,000 per year up to three years.

Green contended that the provision was unfair to the other charter schools in the district.

The board also elected Larry Trott of Salem to a four-year term on the Willamette Educational Service District board of directors. He was the only candidate from the district.

In other business, the board accepted 10 grants, the largest of which is $352,071 from the Community Resource Trust for start-up equipment for study programs at the Career Technical Education Center.

The second largest grant is $231,982 from the Oregon Department of Education improve staff quality and thereby increase academic achievement.

Next is $196,948 from ODE for summer school programs for migrant students.

CenturyLink provided $5,000 for Lego sets.

The following personnel actions approved by the board involved the McNary High School attendance area:

• Temporary full-time contract: Kaylyn Siobal, Gubser Elementary School.

• Second-year full-time contract: Ashley Buckle, Clear Lake Elementary School.

• First-year probation full-time contract: Daniel Borresen, McNary.

• Resignations: Misty Buckman, Keizer Elementary School; Billie Crane, Clear Lake Elementary School; Dallas Myers, McNary; Tricia Palm, Keizer; Katie Wickham, McNary.

• Retirements: Katherine Cobb, Cummings and Gubser elementary schools; Edward Crystal, McNary; Karla McFadden, Clear Lake; Bruce Purdy, Claggett Creek Middle School; Linda Wilson, Kennedy Elementary School.

The Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting honored Ashleigh Huerta, who has volunteered at Kennedy for five years in various ways. Jay Remy, district director of communications, noted that she is president of the Kennedy Parent-Teacher Association, has worked to make more parents and teachers involved, and has raised thousands of dollars for teaching materials.