Month: April 2010

Maghan’s successor named

Three assistant principals will retire from Salem-Keizer Public Schools at the end of the year. They are: Mike Maghan (McNary Assistant Principal and Athletic Director), John Weeks (Sprague) and Carolyn Hensley-Johnson (Sprague). “We appreciate their leadership and commitment to the students and staff of Salem-Keizer, and wish them the very best in retirement,” said Jay Remy, district spokesperson. In addition, there are some changes of administrative appointments for high school assistant principals. These changes include Ron Richards moving from McKay High School to become the athletic director at McNary. Other changes include: • Jim Miller moving from McKay to become assistant principal at West Salem; • Kristin Jorgenson moves from West Salem to be assistant principal at Sprague; • Lillian White moves from South to Sprague as assistant principal; and, • Jim Saffeels, assistant principal for Roberts and Early College high schools, joins the administrative team at South. “We know that in our schools, leadership matters,” said Remy. “These assistant principals will bring their proven talents to new places and on new teams, and the good work will...

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IN THE RING: Arizona’s immigration law

Kimberly Strand, local business owner: “Immigration is a tough issue when families are concerned. I do believe, If you want to come to America do it legally and learn the language.  Speak English if you want to live here, read and write English if you want to live here.  We have made it too easy to welcome illegals to our country by assimilating the language into our daily lives.  Everywhere you go the signs, the directions and our class rooms are all in English and Spanish.  If it was harder for illegals  to blend  in it might not be so easy for them to get in and stay.  America was built on immigration, legal immigration.” Stu Crosby, Multi-Tech Engineering: “I would hope every State would adopt the Arizona law or one very much like it. The issue is not about discrimination against the Mexican people it is about control of a run away problem. In the SE it is Haitians and Cubans, in the SW it is Mexicans and Chinese for example. It is so attractive to come here for both people seeking a better life and the criminal to peddle his wares especially the drug trade. The Arizona Law is indeed a hard call but one that has to be made. Come here legally and earn your citizenship you are very welcome.’ Art Bobrowitz, Compass Rose Consulting: “The state of...

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ is more than a love story

The McNary High School Theatre Arts Department present “William Shakespeare’s Romeo and  Juliet” tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1) and Thursday through Saturday, May 6-8, in the Ken Collins Theatre on campus. Curtain time is at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $5. The campus is located at 595 Chemawa Road N.  Call 503-399-3233 for more information. McNary presents a fully-staged Shakespeare each year, and has done so since 1998. “Romeo and Juliet” is the first repeat show among that list of 13. McNary first staged it in 2001. Theatre teacher Linda Baker says “we decided to repeat a Shakespeare since there are a limited number of plays in the canon suitable for local performance. And our students were rather constantly asking to do Romeo and Juliet again.  In many ways, it is a natural for a high school presentation.” Director Dan Hays, who has directed all the McNary Shakespeare’s, says the approach to the current production is “quite different.  It is, in fact, subtitled ‘A Tale of Old Earth.’ Our premise is that you are watching a production of the play as staged by people who are descendents of colonists from Earth.  They live on a planet on the other side of the galaxy, and have recently re-discovered the play after 6,000 years.” Hays insists that “A Tale of Old Earth” isn’t a...

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Along with a rate hike… Composting of food waste to be debated

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A rate increase and compost pickup by local sanitation companies will be the subject of a public hearing in front of the Keizer City Council. The council agreed to hold a public hearing on the matter at its second regularly-scheduled June meeting. Representatives from the Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association touted the new composting program, but also asked for a 7 percent rate increase. For example, a home with a 20-gallon garbage can, with yard debris pickup, would see its bill rise from $15.93 bimonthly to $17.05 bimonthly. This includes biweekly compost pickup, which would be mixed in with the yard debris can (the green can). Should weekly pickup of yard debris and compost begin, an additional $1.68 would be added to each bimonthly bill. Virtually any organic food and yard waste could be mixed in, including breads and grains, coffee filters, pizza boxes, seafood shells and bones, dairy products, egg shells, waxed cardboard boxes and yard debris. Items like animal waste, foil, free liquids, grease, metal, personal hygiene products and plastics will not be considered compost. The rate increase would apply to residential commercials only. Commercial would not be affected. Estle Harlan, a solid waste management consultant for the association, said “confidential” documents had been submitted to the city that would illustrate why the increase is justified. The city has yet to...

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