Month: January 2017

School board talks McNary, McKay growth

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes Preparing for further enrollment growth is the object of a series of Salem-Keizer School District work sessions, the first of which was held Monday, Dec. 19. The session focused on security, safety, and expansion. Participants were mostly district administrators and staffers, with Paul Kyllo the only School Board member present; director Chuck Lee had to cancel plans to attend the session. Mary Paulson, district chief of staff, reviewed the school bonds from 1992 on. She noted that the current bond of $242.1 million, which began in 2008, includes four new schools but not...

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Celtics buy Christmas gifts for Keizer family

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Three Keizer kids looked out their window and declared, “They’re here. They’re here.” It wasn’t Santa and his elves. But on this Christmas these visitors brought just as much excitement as McNary’s boys basketball team arrived carrying gifts for a local family in need. Ryan Kirch started the adopt a family program six years ago when he became the head coach at McNary as a way for his players to develop leadership and character. “Our kids are real fortunate where they come from,” Kirch said. “I think it’s really good for them just...

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