Salem-Keizer School Board

School Board Meetings

Next School Board Meeting

tue12jul6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingBusiness Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Time

(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

To Be Announced

Event Details

Agenda

Agendas will be posted here

Watch the Meeting

Links to watch the meetings on YouTube will be posted here.

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School Board webpage

School board business meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are held at Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR.

The board also holds a work session on the fourth Tuesday of each month at which they discuss and examine a particular educational topic.

The board hears public comment during board meetings (business sessions) and special meetings with action items. Board meeting (work sessions) typically do not include public comment.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

july 2022

tue12jul6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingBusiness Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

tue26jul6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingWork Session6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

august 2022

tue09aug6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingBusiness Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

tue23aug6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingWork Session6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

september 2022

tue13sep6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingBusiness Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

tue27sep6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingWork Session6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Public Comment at School Board Meetings

The board wants to hear broad input from the community related to board business and decisions, while at the same time effectively conduct board business.

Public comment

Sign up to comment

For details about public comment for this board meeting, please refer to the agenda.

A lottery system will be used to select speakers at random, first for agenda items and then for items not on the agenda.

Submission guidelines

Please submit your public comment using the following guidelines:

  • Written comment is limited to 3,000 characters (about 375 words) per person.
  • Avoid using student and staff member names. We are not able to accept comment that names individual students or staff.
  • Each person may sign up to submit comment once.
  • First and last name, and city of residence are required. We are not able to accept comments that do not include this information.
  • Please keep your comment within these guidelines.

Public comment is open for a specific time period prior to each board business meeting. If you would like to email the board at other times (which is not public comment) please use the link on the school board page to “email the school board.”

Thank you for your input.

Agenda and non-agenda comment

Public comment will be accepted on agenda and non-agenda items by Zoom, call-in, or written submission. Please use this time to inform the board on topics for board action rather than as a public forum to voice personal agendas.

In response to feedback we have received about improving the opportunity to be selected to speak, we are testing a new procedure. A lottery system will be used to select speakers at random, first for agenda items and then for items not on the agenda. Forty-five minutes will be designated for public comment. Each person will be allowed up to three minutes, with an additional three minutes for translation to English, if needed. The link to sign up to give public comment opens when the agenda is posted and closes at 4 p.m. Monday.

Written comments

The board will receive the written public comment prior to the board meeting. Written comments will be posted on the website as supplemental material to the meeting the next business day.

School Board Meetings

Buenas tardes, good afternoon! Welcome y bienvenidos to Salem-Keizer School Board and Budget Committee meetings.

At all times, whether we meet in person or virtual, we strive to be inclusive, respectful, and welcoming to our students, staff, educators, administrators, board and budget committee members, and all community members. We welcome:

  • People of all genders
  • People of African descent, Black, African American, Asian descent, Arab descent, European descent. Those who identify as Hispanic, Latinx, people Indigenous to this land, and people of mixed, and multiple descents
  • Languages spoken in our communities are welcome: Spanish, English, Indigenous languages, sign language, Chuukese, Somali, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and many more
  • People with disabilities, visible or invisible
  • People of all religions, believers in all faiths or creeds
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, or others for whom none of the labels fit
  • Survivors
  • Your emotions: joy, bliss, grief, rage, indignation, contentment, disappointment
  • Your families, genetic and otherwise
  • Our veterans who proudly served and are currently serving our country
  • Our elders: Those here in the room, in our lives, and those who have passed away
  • People impacted or displaced by the war in Ukraine and other violent conflicts
  • Yes, and finally we’d like to welcome the ancestors who lived in this land where we live and work. Welcome the Spirits of the Santiam, Kalapuya, Siletz, and Grand Ronde, the natives who lived in this area before the Europeans came. Welcome y bienvenidos.

Selecting a meeting below will open the details of that single event on a page.

july 2022

tue12jul6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingBusiness Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

tue26jul6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingWork Session6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

august 2022

tue09aug6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingBusiness Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

tue23aug6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingWork Session6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

september 2022

tue13sep6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingBusiness Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

tue27sep6:00 pm9:00 pmSchool Board MeetingWork Session6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Archived School Board Meetings

School Board Proclamations and Resolutions

Contact the School Board

If you have questions or concerns about issues related to the school board, please contact school board directors through the school board secretary:

Alice Struckmeier
School Board Secretary
P.O. Box 12024, Salem, OR 97309-0024
Phone: 503-399-3001
Email the School Board

Alternate ways to connect with school board members:

  • Write to a school board member. Please mail all written correspondence to:
    Salem-Keizer Public Schools
    Attn: School Board
    P.O. Box 12024
    Salem, OR 97309-0024
  • Email individual school board members. Email addresses are: lastname_firstname@salkeiz.k12.or.us
  • Call Executive Administration at 503-399-3001 or the Office of Community Relations & Communications at 503-399-3038. We are happy to share your information with the school board or pass a message along.

School Board Directors

Each board member is elected by local voters to serve a four-year term without pay. Even though each member represents a zone in our district, the entire board works together to serve all students in Salem and Keizer.

Osvaldo F. Avila
Osvaldo F. AvilaChairperson Director Zone 1
Elected in 2021
Marty Heyen
Marty HeyenDirector Zone 2
Elected in 2019
Ashley Carson Cottingham
Ashley Carson Cottingham1st Vice Chairperson Director Zone 3
Elected in 2021
Satya Chandragiri
Satya ChandragiriDirector Zone 4
Elected in 2019
Karina Guzmán Ortiz
Karina Guzmán OrtizDirector Zone 5
Elected in 2021
Danielle Bethell
Danielle BethellDirector Zone 6
Elected in 2019
María Hinojos Pressey
María Hinojos Pressey2nd Vice Chairperson Director Zone 7
Elected in 2021
Grace Caldwell
Grace CaldwellStudent Advisor
Appointed in 2021

School Board Zone Map

The new board zones shown on the map below were revised in December 2021. Go to the School Board Redistricting webpage to see details on that process.

Salem-Keizer School DIstrict Board Zones, 2011 - Click to view PDF