Bonds issued to purchase, maintain school buses

Transactions were the main feature at the Salem-Keizer School Board meeting on Tuesday, March 10. 

The board approved issuance of bonds to finance maintenance and purchase of buses, the sale of the Rosedale School property and purchase of the property on D Street in Salem in support of the 2018 general obligation bond.

The bond issuance, not to exceed $65 million, is for a vehicle replacement plan for about 195 buses over three to four years and construction of an added transportation facility on district-owned land on Gaffin Road.

Rosedale Elementary School was repurposed by the board in 2011 as a consequence of the recession. The board determined in 2015 that the former campus at 6974 Bates Road S. was no longer needed for educational purposes. Tuesday’s vote authorized the sale, for $1.355 million to Joanne Cunningham.

Support of a capital construction project at North Salem High School is the reason for the purchase of the property at 1163 D St. N.E. from the estate of David Cole for $120,000.

In other business, the board approved a three-year contract, effective July 1, 2019, for Linda Myers as assistant superintendent.

The board accepted a $12,638 grant from the Oregon Department of Education for training toward statewide assessment of students with disabilities.

The board also proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.