PAGE A10, KEIZERTIMES, DECEMBER 15, 2017 Fire District invites Santa for breakfast A B C D The Keizer Fire Dis- trict served up hun- dreds of breakfast plates on Sunday, Dec. 10, as part of the annual Santa breakfast. The Man-in-Red returns this Saturday, Dec. 16 to hand out candy canes while rid- ing along with district crews on ambulances and fi re trucks. A: KFD volunteers and staff cook up breakfast. B: Dane Gage tries his hand as a driver. C: Matthew, Jackson and Katie mug for the camera. D: Ezra Goode gets a KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald photo with Santa. School board get fi rst look at fi nal bond By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes First reading of a $619.7 million general obligation bond proposal, scheduled for the May 2018 election, was approved by the Salem-Keiz- er School Board on Tuesday. The bond would pay for easing crowding in class- rooms and infrastructure, prioritizing health and safety projects, special education classrooms in the compre- hensive high schools, seismic assessment, land acquisition, and other program consider- ations. Michael Wolfe, district chief operating offi cer, re- viewed the history of the proposal. A district task force, he said, started work on a bond proposal in Novem- ber 2016 and fi nished it in March of this year with rec- ommendations totaling $766 million. After meetings with staff at 28 schools and board ses- sions with the community, the board held several work sessions and directed staff to prepare a recommendation for a bond not to exceed $620 million. After consid- ering several program addi- tion and reduction propos- als, staff arrived at a total of $627.7 million that would be partly matched by an $8 mil- lion grant from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching program award. Safety measures in the proposal include addition of a sidewalk on the east side of Cummings Elementary School and redesigning of the main entrance to Mc- Nary High School. In other business, the crossword board approved an Oregon School Boards Association resolution to reorganize OSBA as a nonprofi t corpo- ration and adopt a new set of bylaws. It also voted for one of its members, Jesse Lippold, to be the Marion region’s member of the OSBA Leg- islative Policy Committee. The board accepted four grants, including $1,014,172 from the Oregon Depart- ment of Education to devel- op language skills for English learners. Another ODE grant provides $133,110 for educa- tional programs for migrant school children. The remain- ing grants are $886,264 from the state Department of Human Services for opera- tion of the Youth Transition Program and $1,900 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund for In- dian Education’s Graduation Celebration Ceremony. Personnel actions ap- proved by the board included the following in the McNary attendance area: Temporary full-time con- tracts for Joseph Berends at McNary and Linda Wilson at Kennedy Elementary School. Retirement of Kathleen Roberson, McNary. Resignation of Matthew Williams, Claggett Creek Middle School. The Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting hon- ored Addison Symington, fourth-grader at Clear Lake Elementary School, as the City of Keizer 2017 Holiday Card Art Contest winner. Don’t grieve alone this holiday Grief and depression can hit hard during the holidays, especially if you’ve lost a loved one — whether it was recent- ly or years ago. The Salem Health Foun- dation will host its second annual Longest Night of the Year, A Candlelight Vigil of Re- membrance on Dec. 21 (Winter Solstice) from 7 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard between Build- ings A and C on the Salem Hospital campus. The free outdoor event features readings, music and a candle-lighting ceremony. All are welcome and should dress for cold weather. “While everyone experi- ences grief differently, healing happens best in community,” said Salem Health Spiritual Care Supervisor Ken Morse. “This event will bring us to- gether in healing and remem- brance.” The Community Health Education Center (CHEC) library has many resources to help with holiday depression and grief. Call 503-814-2325 (CHEC) for more informa- tion.