Day: August 20, 2014

School board approves contracts

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes Easements for Marion County to widen Cordon Road at its intersection with Caroline Avenue were approved by the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday with little discussion. The county had asked for the easements adjacent to Chavez Elementary School to increase road capacity and reduce the potential for accidents. The district will receive $10,521 from the county in exchange for the property rights. Information items presented by chairperson Rick Kimball included a discussion of the district’s Head Start pre-kindergarten program. Written progress reports on the program are submitted to the board three times a year. Fall outcome data showed the highest percentage of proficiency to be 70 percent in physical development. The lowest percentage of proficiency was 18 percent in mathematics, but it increased to 90 percent by spring. Administrative personnel actions approved by the board included appointments of David Wood as assistant principal at McKay High School, Jeffrey Chandler as athletic director at Sprague High School, Suzanne Leonard as assistant principal at Houck Middle School and Candi Hedrick as assistant principal at Crossler Middle School. The board approved employment contracts involving the McNary High School attendance area for: • Whitney Schouten, temporary part-time kindergarten teacher, Gubser Elementary School. • Nichole Graybeal, orchestra, Whiteaker Middle School, and Brandon Correa, McNary and Whiteaker orchestra, as first-year probation part-time teachers. • Rachel Claric, first-year probation full-time...

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Hillsboro hops over Volcanoes to take 13-7 win

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes It was a hot night for hot bats Monday, and Hillsboro’s were hotter. The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were ahead 3-0 after two innings when Keury Mella, a starter on rehabilitation assignment who had struck out three, had reached his limit of 40 pitches. Things were different for the succession of pitchers who followed him and the Hops ended up winning 13-7. In the bottom of the first inning, Austin Slater singled to left field, stole second base and reached third on an errant throw. Christian Arroyo drove him home with a double to right and Skyler Ewing hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Arroyo. Salem-Keizer added a run in the second. Hunter Cole singled to left, and Travious Relaford sacrificed him to second. Johneshwy Fargas hit an infield single, moving Cole to third. Seth Harrison drove Cole in by grounding out. Drew Leenhouts pitched the third inning, setting the Hops down in order with two strikeouts. His troubles started in the fourth. Kevin Cron hit a single to center and went to third on Grant Heyman’s single to right. Jake Mayers doubled to center, scoring Cron and moving Heyman to third. Pedro Ruiz grounded out, driving in Heyman. The score remained 3-2 until the sixth. Cron led off with a single to left and Heyman singled to center. A wild pitch advanced them,...

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