Day: July 23, 2014

Salem-Keizer loses series-decider 7-5

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes lost the rubber game and the one home game of their series with Hillsboro 7-5 Sunday night. Although Salem-Keizer led for a while and Jared Deacon and Will Callaway had their moments, too many things went wrong for the home team. Deacon had three singles and showed defensive ability, and Callaway ran his hitting streak to 16. The crowd of 2,183 saw the Hops go ahead by three runs in the first inning. With Jason Forjet pitching, Taylor Ratliff led off with a single to center field. Steve Nyisztor made an infield single out of a bunt, and then Elvin Soto did the same. Bennie Robinson singled to left, driving in Ratliff and Nyisztor. A sacrifice bunt by Pedro Ruiz scored Soto. In the bottom of the first, the Volcanoes also loaded the bases. Travious Relaford walked with one out, Christian Arroyo singled to right and Skyler Ewing walked. Newcomer Sam Mende walked, forcing Relaford home.  However, Hillsboro’s Dan Savas retired the next two batters. Salem-Keizer scored again in the second. Tyler Hollick walked, moved to second base on a ball and scored as Relaford singled. The Hops added a run in the third. Nate Robertson hit an infield single, went to third on a single to center by Bennie Robinson and scored on a wild pitch. The score remained 4-2,...

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Numerous resignations draw attention of S-K School Board

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A number of resignations and retirements at Keizer schools and the district at large sparked concern from members of the Salem-Keizer School Board and audience members at the board meeting Tuesday, July 15. Board Member Nancy MacMorris-Adix expressed concern at the numbers of resignations. Assistant Superintendent Ken Parshall noted that many districts were hiring and that many Salem-Keizer teachers had been commuting. Late in the meeting, several audience members had other ideas about teacher resignations. A long succession of them spoke against the Common Core program of uniform teacher standards. Most complaints were that it was “one-size fits all,” and some said that many teachers disliked it but were concerned that letting administrators know their opposition would endanger their jobs. Resignations and retirements at Keizer schools included: • Resignations of Samantha Ragaisis, principal at Weddle; Bonnie Gallagher, orchestra teacher at Whiteaker; Sibyl Felts, instructional coach at Weddle and Kennedy; and Damian Berdakin, orchestra teacher at McNary. • Retirement of Linda Baker, English teacher at McNary. Rick Kimball was elected chairperson of the Salem-Keizer School Board and  MacMorris-Adix vice president during the meeting. It was the first regular board meeting of the 2014-15 school year. Both Kimball, who succeeds Jim Green, and MacMorris-Adix, who succeeds Chuck Lee, have held their respective board leadership positions previously. It was also the first such meeting for Superintendent...

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