Oregon Legislative Session and Salem news
•.Oregon Legislature will see unusual turnover next year (March 9, oregoncaptialinsider.com)
• Sparks fly after Oregon Supreme Court rules Kristof ineligible for governor
(Feb. 17, oregoncapitalinsider.com)
• Oregon overtime bill to stay alive for 2022 (Feb. 14, oregoncapitalinsider.com)
• Bright outlook: Oregon flush with cash, forecasters say (Feb. 9, oregoncapitalinsider.com)
• Political notes: Dying bills, new beginnings, GOP reruns and the rise of Skittles (Feb. 8, oregoncapitalinsider.com)
• Oregon lawmakers introduce heat relief bills (Feb. 7 oregoncapitalinsider.com)
• Legislative Session Remote Participation Guide
(From House Majority Office of State Rep. Julie Fahey)
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Oregon Legislative Session
Rayfield takes helm as House speaker; Dems lay out to-do list (Feb. 1, oregoncapitalinsider.com)
• Lawmakers launch 2022 session with votes and virus competing for dominance (Jan. 30, oregoncapitalinsider.com)
• Travis Nelson gets nod for Kotek's former House seat (Jan. 28, oregoncapitalinsider.com)
Gardner selected as next GAPS superintendent
Gardner, who has been the superintendent of the North Santiam School District since 2010, was one of two finalists for the GAPS job. The other candidate was Cydney Vandercar, interim superintendent of Eugene School District 4J.
Gardner’s annual base salary will be $220,000 for July 1, 2022 through July 30, 2025. His contract was approved 4-1 Thursday, with board member Michael Thomson opposing it.
Previous GAPS superintendent Melissa Goff was fired in July under a no-cause dismissal clause. Rob Saxton was appointed interim superintendent for a base salary of $150,000.
From 2007 until 2010, he was the principal at Stayton Intermedidate/Middle School. He served as the principal of Sublimity K-8 School from 2002 until 2007, and was the Stayton High School Athletic Director/Vice Principal from 1997 until 2002. Prior to that, Gardner was a teacher and coach at Stayton High School from 1993 to 1997. Gardner first came to Stayton in 1990 as a teacher and coach at Regis High School.
He is a member of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators’ Vision and Policy Work Group, and he serves on the Willamette Promise Advisory Board, which is dedicated to increasing the number of college-going students in the region. He has served as an Executive Board Member for the Oregon School Activities Association since 2011, and was President of the board in the 2015-16 year.
Gardner grew up outside of John Day, graduating from Grant Union High School in John Day. Gardner earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Western Oregon State College, and his Master of Arts in Teaching from Western Oregon University.
He and his wife Amber have two sons, Jake and Justin, who attend school in the North Santiam School District.
Justice Breyer to retire
President Biden has said he'd put a Black woman on the Supreme Court. This CNN video looks at who he may pick to replace
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