Rachel Alexander


AGENDA: Chemeketa board to consider tuition increase

Update: Due to snow, the board has changed its meeting time to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. Chemeketa Community College board members will consider a tuition increase for the 2019-20 school year at a meeting Wednesday. College administrators proposed raising tuition by $9 per credit to $114 in February, saying[Read More…]


AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to consider St. Edward land sale, apartment tax exemption

Members of the Salem-Keizer School board during a meeting. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) The Salem-Keizer School Board will consider putting the finishing touches on a land sale agreement with St. Edward Catholic Church at a Tuesday meeting. District attorneys last week negotiated an agreement with the church to buy a little[Read More…]

Chemeketa to host community forums, candidate interviews for president finalists

Finalists for Chemeketa Community College president are Julie White (top left), Tod Treat (bottom left), Jessica Howard (top right), Robert Wynegar and Kimberlee Messina, who has since dropped out. Students, faculty and community members will have a chance to question four finalists for Chemeketa Community College president at a series[Read More…]


Salem psychiatrist seeks seat on school board with platform focused on student mental health

Satya Chandragiri is running for Salem-Keizer School Board in zone 4. (Courtesy/Satya Chandragiri) As a child in India, Satya Chandragiri had a teacher who changed his life. Now, after decades working as a psychiatrist in Oregon, Chandragiri is running for Salem-Keizer School Board with a focus on student mental health[Read More…]


Oregon teachers say large classes and assaults by students show need for more funding

Schirle Elementary teacher Jamie Keene, center, said she’s regularly hit by a student in her 33-person class who has trouble regulating his behavior and needs more support than staff can provide. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem teacher Jamie Keene went to urgent care earlier this year after one of her fourth-grade[Read More…]


PHOTOS: Teachers from across Oregon rally in Salem for increased funding

Portland fourth-grade teacher Nichole Watson, of Rosa Parks Elementary, said her students deserve “my undivided attention,” drawing cheers from thousands of educators at the Feb. 18 March for Our Students. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Thousands of teachers and educators from across Oregon spend Presidents Day at the Capitol, urging legislators to[Read More…]

St. Edward agrees to sell Salem-Keizer vacant land for $2.26 million, ending eminent domain case

Vacant land now owned by St. Edward Catholic Church will soon be part of McNary High School. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Keizer’s Catholic church has agreed to sell about six acres of land to the Salem-Keizer School District, ending a legal battle over the property. District leaders said Thursday they’d reached[Read More…]