Month: September 2010

Honey brings fresh set of eyes to McNary

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes McNary’s new principal is clearly a product of the Salem-Keizer school district. Though born in Montana, John Honey went to middle and high school in Salem. After graduating from South Salem High School, he attended the University of Oregon where he majored in journalism. When it was time to begin his teaching career, Honey turned to a familiar presence. Wes Ediger, who hired Honey for his first teaching job at North Salem, was also principal when Honey graduated from South Salem. The former English teacher and coach also served as vice principal at South Albany High School and North Salem before assuming the principalship at Walker Middle School. Seven years ago Honey was hired as principal at North Salem High School. Earlier this year Honey was one of three principals who suddenly faced in-district transfers: former McNary principal Ken Parshall is now at McKay while former McKay principal Cynthia Richardson is now at North Salem. Like Honey, Parshall and Richardson were hired as principals seven years ago by the district. The Keizertimes sat down with Honey to ask him a few questions: Keizertimes (KT): How will McNary be impacted by the district’s budget cuts? John Honey (JH): Well, we’ll be impacted the same way all the other schools are impacted … I don’t think you’re going to see, for this next school year,...

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New Claggett leader sees improvements

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes “We’ve known for a long time that we’ve been doing great things. The federal government is just realizing that, I guess.” So said Colleen Johnson, the new principal of Claggett Creek Middle School, about its emergence from school improvement status by meeting the federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) status for two successive years. Johnson, who has been with the Salem-Keizer School district for 15 years, moved up from the assistant principal position at Claggett Creek, which she held for three years. Succeeding her as assistant principal is Hector Villalobos, who has been a behavior specialist at McKay High School. She said her school is celebrating both the new federal status and its 10th anniversary. “We have a wonderful staff here,” she said. “We’re going to continue to do what’s best for students.” Asked what the impending reduction in school district revenue is likely to do to Claggett Creek, she said:”I think we’re all going to be affected by it. Our district does a good job of protecting what affects kids.” Apart from two retirements from positions that will not be refilled, the school will have the same number of staffers it had last year, including 52 teachers. Student enrollment is expected to be about the same at 915. The end of improvement status makes Claggett Creek a school of choice, meaning that parents in...

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KFD earns grant renewal

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Truth be told, fires in Keizer are a fairly infrequent occurrence, but when a big blaze ignites all of the fire district resources are tapped. The renewal of a federal grant will make certain all Keizer Fire District personnel are prepared. “The important part is that this isn’t a new grant for us, but one that was renewed because we were good stewards of the initial grant,” said Jeff Cowan, chief of the Keizer Fire District. District officials applied for the initial $148,924 grant in 2006 and it was renewed for $208,540 last week. The grant, part of the  Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program (SAFER), supplies funds that enhance the district’s ability to recruit and train volunteers. “The volunteers are essential to our operation and this grant will make sure that their adequately trained and prepared to carry out their duties,” Cowan said. Grant funding will cover the salary for a part-time volunteer coordinator, scholarships to the National Fire Academy, college scholarships, advertising, insurance premiums, in investment incentive program and physical examinations, which constitute the largest portion of the grant at $68,400. Without the grant, such costs would need to come out of some other part of the district’s budget. “This funding will help the Keizer Fire District train our local firefighters in their...

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Celts meet Comets in zero week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If there’s one thing senior Wes Heredia wants out of McNary High School’s gridiron clash with Crater High School Friday, Sept. 3, it’s redemption. “I’m looking forward to proving some people wrong. I think we’re a better team than we’re being given credit for,” Heredia said. McNary will travel to Central Point, Ore., for the game beginning at 7 p.m. The Celtics finished last season with a whimper rather than a bang. In the season finale against North Salem only 12 of 23 seniors suited up for the game, the other fell...

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Returning athletes will be backbone of McNary girls soccer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Fans will notice many of familiar faces when the Celtic girls varsity soccer team returns to the field Tuesday to host Sandy High School. “We’ve got about 90 percent of the team from last year returning,” said Miguel Camarena, head coach of the McNary High School girls soccer program. In practices earlier this week, the team was still figuring out the exact shape of the team that will take the field. “We need to sharpen up our ability to position ourselves with the ball and then move with it,” said senior center Jordan Salinas. After a tough season of difficult relationships within the team last year, Salinas is anticipating a smoother ride this season. “It’s actually been really good. We’re all getting along and welcoming the new players. I know they’ve going to do great,” Salinas said. In 2009, the Lady Celts finished in fourth place, just one point behind Sprague and West Salem high schools. They fell to Barlow High School in the opening round of the playoffs, but the team defeated West Salem, Sprague and Redmond on their home turf during the regular season. The OSAA dropped Redmond from the Central Valley Conference during redistricting this summer. Sophomore Haley Scoggins was eagerly anticipating rematches with the Olympians and Titans and sizing up her new team. “We lost some key players...

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