The start of the 2023-24 school year for Salem Keizer Public Schools is fast approaching, with sixth and ninth graders beginning Sept. 5, and all other non-kindergarteners on Sept. 6. The district and new Superintendent Andrea Castañeda are ready with their top priority “a great opening.”
In an online letter to families published Thursday morning, Erik Jespersen informed the McNary community that he had accepted a role with Salem Keizer School District and would not be returning as principal at McNary High School.
The Keizer Neighborhood Associations held a combined forum on Friday, hosting candidates up for director roles in the coming special election.
Candidates for Keizer Fire District Board, Chemeketa Community College and Salem-Keizer School Board took the opportunity to introduce themselves to those in attendance, and share their qualifications and plans.
The Salem-Keizer Education Association (SKEA), which represents the contracted educators in SKPS schools, sent a letter to the district on March 3 expressing concern for the safety of its members and the lack of preparation and training for dealing with violent students.
With talk about bringing SROs back to campus growing, SKPS introduced the Safe and Welcoming School Committee to examine what is needed for both physical and psychological safety of students.
Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) is searching for candidates to fill two open spots on the district budget committee.
Salem-Keizer Public Schools banned an independent reporter in May over inappropriate messages to teen athletes.
This article is republished with permission from Grant Magazine, the publication at Grant High School in Portland. This story was reported by students Claire Coffey, Ava Siano and Veronica Bianco, the Keizertimes did not edit it.
The Crystal Apple Awards, which recognizes school employees from SKPS and private schools in the area, will be making a return in February for the first time since 2019. Nominations are now open.
The 2022 assessment tests for Salem-Keizer Public School students showed a sharp decline in English, math and science during the pandemic.
While reported proficiency numbers are down across the country, when looking deeper into the 10 Keizer-based schools, the drop off seems even more stark.
Danielle Bethell has resigned from the Salem-Keizer School Board a little over three years after taking office.
School board Chair Ashley Carson Cottingham announced Bethell’s resignation at the start of Tuesday’s school board meeting, saying Bethell had informed board leadership of her decision Monday night.