Author: Herb Swett

School board gets updates on district special projects

Progress in several Salem-Keizer Public Schools matters was reported to the school board in a work session Tuesday, Jan. 28. Administrators discussed the Office of Behavioral Learning, food services, Division 22 assurances and the Public Employees Retirement System. Office of Behavioral Learning: This office works with at-risk students in preventive[Read More…]

Amid dissent, Salem development gets school tax exemption

Tax exemptions for multiple-unit housing as approved by the Salem City Council received approval of the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday. Parke 325, LLC, has applied to the council to convert a 32,257-square-foot mixed-use building containing 30 residential rental units and two commercial units. The council has asked the other[Read More…]

Perry wants advisory committee to address equity in schools

Superintendent Christy Perry urged the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday, Dec. 17 to think about the possibilities rather than immediately forming an advisory committee on equity matters. The occasion was a board work session for counteracting the problems that have kept minority students as a whole from equaling the achievements[Read More…]

Students, alums call out schools for discrimination

A succession of students and recent graduates of the Salem-Keizer School District spoke to the School Board from the audience on Tuesday, Dec. 10 about their experiences with discrimination. The general agreement among the speakers, nearly all of whom were Latinx, was that teachers and administrators singled them out on[Read More…]

School board accepts $25.9M in grants

Grants totaling over $25.9 million were approved by the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The grants, all from or through the Oregon Department of Education, are: • $12,619,717 from the federal Department of Education to ensure that students in schools with high poverty percentages can meet state academic[Read More…]

Suicide prevention discussed at school district board meeting

Suicide prevention was the focus of a work session of the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday, Sept. 24. A nationwide problem, student suicide has a higher rate in Oregon than the country as a whole. A team of counselors made a presentation on local efforts to prevent suicide. Ishawn Early,[Read More…]

New homelessness effort gets SKPS approval

An agreement with Marion and Polk counties for collaboration to receive federal aid for the homeless was approved Tuesday, Sept. 10 by the Salem-Keizer School Board. The agreement is for creation of a development council to receive funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the McKinney-Vento Homeless[Read More…]

Volcanoes drop regular season finale

Harrison Freed gets waved around third and heads into score in Salem-Keizer’s 10-7 loss to Eugene on Sunday, Sept. 1 (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). A team mostly of newcomers to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes fell to the visiting Eugene Emeralds 6-1 Monday, Sept. 2 in the regular season finale.  Nick Avila was the[Read More…]

Volcanoes split four-game set with Vancouver

Salem-Keizer pitcher Travis Perry got the no-decision against Boise on Thursday, Aug. 22, throwing 4.1 innings and giving up four runs (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). The Volcanoes lost to Vancouver 9-1 on Monday for a split of the road series with the Canadians.  Salem-Keizer actually outhit the Canadians 8-7, but the Volcanoes’[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer breaks out of slump against Everett

Volcanoes second baseman Jeff Houghtby prepares to fire to first after fielding a hard grounder to his left (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). The Volcanoes bats got hot on Sunday, Aug. 18, whipping their visitors from Everett by a score of 13-4. It did not look promising at first to the home crowd[Read More…]