Day: November 3, 2011

McNary crushes Royal Scots 48-19

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When the season started, Celt receiver Garren Robinett felt something was missing in the McNary High School varsity football ranks. Last week, as McNary marched to a 48-19 victory over the McKay Royal Scots, he realized what the absent ingredient was: “We weren’t having fun at all, but these past two games have felt fun,” Robinett said. Despite a 13-13 tie at halftime, McNary dominated late in the game and cruised to its second win in the Central Valley Conference. “We had a slow start and McKay comes off the ball really well, but we adjusted somethings at halftime and got it moving in our direction,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. Sideways rain didn’t help the cause of either team, but McKay struck first on a six-minute drive that spanned the first and second quarters. The Scots finally punched through the Celtic defenses at 10:52 in the second quarter despite valiant stops by senior Todd Hatley and sophomore Perry Groves. A big return by Celt Justin Gardner put McNary at McKay’s 48-yard-line. Quarterback Justin Burgess and Cody Bond traded runs that moved the ball to the 29-yard-line. Burgess found a route on the keeper that put him in the end zone for a 7-7 tie after the PAT by Gonzolo Cervantes. Tackles by Mason Ross, Tyler Brown, Austin Hejny and Corey...

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More school cuts coming next year

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes Still more reductions are likely for the 2012-13 Salem-Keizer School District budget, Superintendent Sandy Husk said Oct. 27 at the first of six scheduled budget committee meetings. She and Michael Wolfe, assistant superintendent for finance, reviewed the recent financial history of the district, especially the sources of revenue. Wolfe pointed out that a little over 70 percent of the revenue comes from the state, and that 86 percent of the general fund goes for salaries and benefits for district employees. Husk said that of the reductions from Feb. 3 through May 6, 72 percent were from reserves, 11 percent from direct instruction, 7 percent from support to students, 6 percent from central administration and 4 percent from employee concessions. District officials provided handouts including several budget pie charts. The total budget for 2011-12 is $621,978,721. The general fund (main operating budget) is $340,970,127 (55 percent of the budget), the capital projects fund is $126,118,948 (20 percent), the internal service funds are $23,951,490 (4 percent), the special revenue funds are $78,848,873 (13 percent), the debt service fund for the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is $20,549,966 (3 percent), and the debt service fund for general obligation bonds is $31,539,317 (5 percent). The capital projects, special revenue and debt service funds are restricted in that they must be specified by state or federal law or...

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Come out ahead

Keizer Police are offering a $200 reward for information leading to the return of a vandalized statue’s head. “Sentry,” a sculpture on River Road that’s part of the Keizer Public Arts program, was vandalized in September. The head is shown above. Keizer Police can be reached at...

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Wolverines take stand against bullying

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Last week, about 90 Whiteaker Middle School students gathered in the school’s courtyard area sporting anti-bullying T-shirts they’d made as part of a week-long effort to curb bullying in the school. But the project didn’t start there. It started much, much smaller. That story is a testament to the power of three eighth graders who decided they wanted to make a difference in their school community. “We were doing a unit on bullying in health class and learned about Megan Meier a girl who got bullied so bad she wanted to kill herself and she did,” said Kiana Briones, who helped kickstart the effort with Justin Sullivan and Kailey Fritts. Meier was a Missouri middle school student whose 2006 suicide was attributed to being a victim of cyberbullying. “I know that bullying isn’t right, I’ve been bullied and I’ve been a bully. I have been bullied over the internet and I felt like it was right to tell people that they shouldn’t be doing it,” Justin said. Kiana, too, found herself the victim of bullying as a seventh grader. “I spent a lot of time wondering why people who were my friends were saying the things they were saying. It was a tough year and it took me a long time to heal the wound,” she said. Kiana was also a...

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