Day: February 19, 2015

Mat men escape Vikings 38-37

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity wrestling team survived a dual meet with North Salem High School by the skin of its teeth Thursday, Feb. 5. The Celtics won 38-37. It came down to a few matches decided by pin rather than decision, said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. “Ryan Edsall is a kid who goes out and competes well for us every week, but he doesn’t always come away with the pins. He got one against North Salem and it turned out to be an important one,” Ebbs said. Edsall got the pin in the second round, scoring six points for the team. “It came down to having the whole team behind me,” Edsall said. “We’ve made a lot of progress in becoming more of a family and it’s shown on the mat.” Other winners for the Celts were: Alvarro Venegas, pin in 1:09; Joey Kibbey, pin in 31 seconds; Johnathon Phelps, major decision, 12-3; Carlos Vincent, major decision, 15-7; and Taran Purkey, pin in 59 seconds. Despite some “oddball” challenges such as a couple of wrestlers not making weight, McNary traveled to a tournament at West Linn High School the next day and won the whole thing. “We kind of limped into that one, but we’re not looking for excuses for why we lost, we want reasons to win,” Ebbs said....

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‘No’ vote on charter school

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A second draft proposal for a fifth charter school in the Salem-Keizer School District received a negative vote from the School Board on Tuesday on the advice of the school administration. Superintendent Christy Perry told the board an administrative committee found the second proposal to fall short of a component required by Oregon law and to fall short of several components required by district policy. The board voted 6-1 to send the proposal back to the developers of Capital Preparatory Charter School. Jeff Faville, who voted for the draft, said he thought it was ready for the Oregon Department of Education, which must approve any such proposal, to review it. State requirements not addressed in the proposal, the administrative committee had decided, involved a description of the expected results of the curriculum and charter school compliance with state and federal mandates. Many more deficiencies were found where district policy was concerned. They included several curriculum issues and several issues involving state and federal policy.  Also found not sufficiently addressed were calculation of student membership, several personnel issues, and matters involving finance and budget and staff discipline policies. In other state-related matters, Perry discussed the new policy of funding full-day kindergarten statewide. She said that full funding has yet to come from the state and that there is no mandate for full-day kindergarten. “You’ll...

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