Day: February 27, 2012

Public rallies around honoring Keizer educators with new school name

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Audience comments on naming the two new elementary schools in the Salem-Keizer School District took up much of the time of Tuesday night’s School Board meeting. Neither school under construction is in or near Keizer, but a few Keizer residents spoke. A district oversight subcommittee has recommended Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School for the one in East Salem and Battle Creek Elementary School for the one in South Salem, and the board approved first reading of the proposal. Action is scheduled for the board’s February meeting. Without specifying which school should get which name, most speakers favored naming them after Salvador Reyes and Cathy Mink. Reyes, who moved with his family from Mexico to Salem, did volunteer work for the district in several capacities, including coaching soccer at McNary High School, and worked with the Keizer Soccer Club. Mink was a longtime teacher and principal in the district. A few spoke in favor of the committee’s recommendations. Terry Murphy, Rosanna Reyes and Melinda Culwell, all of Keizer, favored Reyes and Mink, preferring names from school system history to names for a national figure who was not specifically associated with this area and for a geographic feature. Matt Faatz of Keizer spoke for the Reyes name but did not mention Mink. Mary Paulson, school district chief of staff, said the committee, after receiving more...

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Sustainability summit set for March 12

Registration is now open for the Salem-Keizer Sustainability Summit, set for March 12  at the Salem Conference Center. Featured speakers are Secretary of State Kate Brown and Dave Dahl, owner of Dave’s Killer Bread Co., who will talk about his company’s purchase of wind power for its facilities and other green efforts. Area residents and businesses are invited to attend.  Registration for event attendees and exhibitors can be completed online at www.sustainabilitysummit.info.  Registration for the full day summit is $45 and includes the choice of a variety of break-out session topics. Attendees can also explore nearly two dozen exhibitor booths and peruse the Green Transport Show featuring alternative fuel bicycles, cars, and buses. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the event will conclude at 1:30 p.m. with an optional tour of the Salem Conference Center’s green initiatives, including their kitchen.  Registration for the lunch and key-note speaker is $20.  EarthWISE certified businesses will receive a $10 discount on...

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