UPDATES: Salem City Council meets Monday to review the 2023 budget


The Salem-Keizer School Board Tuesday will approve the school district’s budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins July 1, and will consider a proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.


The Board will hold a public hearing on the budget prior to adoption. Board members can either accept the budget approved by the budget committee or make adjustments.

The $1.4 billion draft budget indicated that school district leaders want to add more teachers to district programs that serve non-native speakers and employ more educators to address student behavior issues. The proposed budget largely maintains current district services and staffing despite a projected decline in student numbers.

The Board will also consider a proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The proclamation was authored by a group of Salem-Keizer students and staff with community feedback.

“The intention with this proclamation was to capture a sense of celebration that also demonstrates a clear and positive support of LGBTQ+ K-12 students and staff in the district,” said a district report.

Board members are considering appointing two student advisors to the school board. To date, the Board has appointed one student as a non-voting member each year. Two students, Raylin Brennan and Isaac McDonald, have applied for the 2022-23 school year. To serve on the board, students must have one year of experience on the district-led Student Equity Committee or Student Advisory Committee.

The board will also consider extending a contract with Valley Inquiry Charter School by five years. The Salem School is expanding. Sixth grade students were added this year, with plans to expand to seventh grade next year and eighth grade in the 2023-24 school year.

The expansion includes infrastructure upgrades that require a $1 million loan. “The loan agent has requested a reasonable level of assurance that (Valley Inquiry) will be in operation throughout the life of the loan,” a district report said.

Participate: The meeting starts on Tuesday 14 June at 18:00 and will take place online only. Watch the meeting live on YouTube using the links below.

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfYe57I50rs

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du-OjI4fUXM&ab_channel=CapitalCommunityMedia

The meeting will also be broadcast on CC:Media, channel 21.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian


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