School board approves use of eminent domain to acquire land from Catholic church

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools is poised to gain about six acres of land owned by St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer, either by having an offer accepted or by exercising eminent domain.

At its meeting Nov. 13, the Salem-Keizer School Board unanimously approved a “resolution of necessity,” allowing the district to use eminent domain to condemn the land, thereby forcing the sale if church leaders do not accept the district’s offer or reach an agreement in negotiation.

District officials argue the land is needed to address traffic and safety concerns at McNary High School, but church leaders disagree and plan to fight the use of eminent domain.

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Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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