On Monday, September 11, 2023, the 2023-2024 Forum Speaker Series season began with a welcome to and presentation from new Salem-Keizer Public Schools Superintendent Andrea Castañeda.

In her first full address to the larger Salem business community, Superintendent Castañeda shared key details about the school district’s budgetary challenges, the district’s demographical data, how SKPS works to ensure school safety, the story of how she became education administrator, and what she is most passionate about when it comes to our region and our schools.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this 2023-2024 Forum kick-off Luncheon, which also honored former Oregon Senator Gene Derfler with this month’s Spirit of Salem Award.

Click here to see the remainder of the 2023-2024 Forum Speaker Series schedule: https://salemchamber.org/events/forum-speaker-series/

We also thank the Salem Convention Center for providing the venue and meal, and Allied Video Productions and Capital Community Media for their help with producing this event.

Finally, special thanks go to Maps Credit Union for sponsoring this month’s Forum Luncheon, and to Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions for being the Presenting Sponsor of the entire 2023-2024 Forum Speaker Series season.

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