Month: April 2017

McNary Kloset opens doors for Celtic students in need

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Given the wide range of difficult conversations a teacher can have with a student, the most difficult might be the ones in which a student asks a teacher if they have anything to eat. “The needs of our students are changing,” said Kim Pittsley, a counselor at McNary High School. “About 40 percent of our students are on free or reduced lunch plans and that’s not what people expect. The need is here.” McNary is typically viewed as one of the more affluent schools in the Salem-Keizer School District. Earlier this month,...

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Yates signs with George Fox

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Caleb Kiefiuk Yates’ college choice checked off every box. Along with the opportunity to play football and a strong mechanical engineering program, George Fox University will also help Yates practice his faith. “The football team and then the academics with engineering, those were the two big things together and the fact that it’s a Christian school,” Yates said. “I’m not outgoing with it but having that atmosphere around, I feel comfortable being in that.” Yates, who will graduate with a 4.0 GPA, also wanted to stay close to home. “I like...

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Doran to lead girls basketball program

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s new girls basketball coach Liz Doran’s toughest question at an introductory meeting last week didn’t come from the press but from one of her future players—“Are there any teams in our league that you don’t like?” “No, I’m not going there,” replied Doran after the room erupted in laughter. Doran graduated from Crescent Valley High School in 2005 back when the Lady Raiders and McNary played in the same conference. “We lost a heartbreaker here my senior year that I still remember,” she said. Doran was a McDonald’s All-American nominee as a...

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Mayor will ask for $5K to support homelessness project manager

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Budget Advisory Committee will have at least one new staff position to discuss when it meets next month, but it will only indirectly affect the city’s parks and police. At a work session Monday, April 24, Mayor Cathy Clark told the council of her intention to request $5,000 of the city’s 2017-18 budget be put toward funding a project manager position at the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (MWVCOG). The position, which has yet to be formally established, will oversee collaborative efforts between the public and private sector to combat...

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