New homelessness effort gets SKPS approval

An agreement with Marion and Polk counties for collaboration to receive federal aid for the homeless was approved Tuesday, Sept. 10 by the Salem-Keizer School Board.

The agreement is for creation of a development council to receive funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. It calls for a development council, which would recommend bylaws, committee structure and budget and funding strategy for providing homes.

The vote on the agreement was 6-1, with director Kathy Goss opposed. She saw it as “giving up local control.”

In other business, the board proclaimed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month and Sept. 13-22 as Welcoming Week. The board accepted two grants totaling more than $1.8 million.

Personnel actions approved by the board included the following in the Keizer attendance were:

• Temporary part-time contracts: Lawren Labo, Weddle Elementary School, and Patricia Parvin, Forest Ridge Elementary School.

• Temporary full-time: Emmy Arana, Claggett Creek Middle School; Christina Barron and Alea Soboloski, Gubser Elementary School; Scott Buchanan, Forest Ridge and Keizer elementary schools; Kimberly Pittley, Debra Radtke, and Brent Turner, McNary; and Sheryl Wetzel, Kennedy Elementary School.

• First-year probation part-time: Amy Morris, Weddle. 

• First-year probation full-time: Anastasiya Watson, Weddle; Maribeth Allen and Ashley Stearns, Keizer Elementary; Thad Gould, Whiteaker Middle School; and Sheila Morales, Claggett Creek.

• Second-year probation full-time: Ruth Ochoa, Weddle.

• Administrator first-year probation full-time: Ruth Ochoa, Weddle.

• Resignation: Angela Hause, Keizer Elementary. Retirement: Kimberly Pittsley, McNary.