Jonathan Baker running for Salem Keizer School Board, Zone 3
Baker is a lifelong Salem resident, married, with children who have attended Salem Keizer Schools, as well as private schools. He has worked in Marion and Linn-Benton Housing Authority for 18 years. His job involves administering numerous HUD programs and ensuring program compliance with federal and state funding. Primarily working with low-income families, the elderly and disabled, he is responsible for a budget of over $1.5 million annually. Partnering and working closely with numerous government agencies to meet the needs of Housing Authority’s clients, he sees and experiences all levels of citizen needs, and solving their problems gives him (and the clients) great satisfaction.
“I get results through my ability to bring competent team members together to assess and resolve housing-related issues as they arise.” Baker also cites his leadership skills and streamlining approach as the major factors in the savings of tax-payer funds for these basic-needs housing programs.
“I believe my many faceted experiences in the past would serve the community well on the SKSB.”
His Vision for the Salem-Keizer Schools is “making students stronger, better and more successful.”
Some of his goals include:
- Expanding the successful CTE program
- Safety for students and staff
- Developing policies that give parents more of a voice in their children’s education
- Identifying and reducing waste of taxpayer dollars
- Bringing more balance to the Salem-Keizer School Board