On Thursday, the Salem-Keizer Board of Directors approved a resolution to rehire Superintendent Christy Perry following an amendment to her contract allowing her to take advantage of the provisions of Senate Bill 1049. Under the new bill, public employers can rehire eligible Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) employees.

The resolution comes after the board adopted a resolution at its Dec. 10 meeting to approve Superintendent Perry’s contract amendment. Under the current resolution, the Board of Directors formally:

  1. Approves Superintendent Perry’s retirement resignation for the purposes of Senate Bill 1049; and
  2. Rehires Superintendent Perry under the same Employment Contract she had when she retired, including the same terms, conditions and duration, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

The resolution aligns with the Salem-Keizer Procedure HUM-P019, which states in part: “SKPS employees who choose to retire from the District under the provisions of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) may be re-hired by the District to finish the current contract year and subsequent years.”

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated and proven leader like Christy Perry,” said Board Chair Marty Heyen. “I’m proud to represent a Board that puts its support behind a superintendent who has our community’s best interests in mind while leading a $1.2 billion organization.”

Perry has served as superintendent of Oregon’s second-largest district since 2014. Her current contract extends through the 2020-21 school year, and the Board of Directors has the option to extend that contract.

To learn more about how Senate Bill 1049 impacts state employees, click here.