Day: February 24, 2017

Black student dropout rate spotlighted at SKSB meeting

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes The dropout problem, especially involving African-American students, took up much of Salem-Keizer School Board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14. While it was not an action item, the board heard several comments from the audience, largely calling for the Community School Outreach Coordinator to expand from its focus on English Language learners to become involved with the problems of black students. “We need to institutionalize support for African-American students,” was one of the comments from Phil Decker of Salem, principal of Four Corners Elementary School. Benny Williams of Salem, president of the Salem-Keizer branch of...

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McNary bowlers going to state

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes What started with just three bowlers, junior Aneeka Stephen and two sophomores, Mimi Garza and Cassidy Steckman, blossomed into a district championship for McNary High School. With the addition of sisters Cecilia and Natalia Valle midway through the season, the Lady Celts defeated McKay on Sunday, Jan. 22 at AMF Firebird Lanes in Salem to win the district crown. “They didn’t have a lot of experience and won district,” said Dan Kaplan, who coaches the McNary boys. “That shows (girls coach) Kathy (Kaplan) is an amazing coach.” With the victory, the McNary girls...

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