Years in the making, new trans student policies for Salem schools draw backlash

Protestors denounced Salem-Keizer School District policies intended to support transgender students outside the Student Services Support Center on Monday, April 11, while counterprotestors flew trans pride flags (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Three years ago, a transgender high school student approached leaders at the Salem-Keizer School District and told them they needed[Read More…]

Enthusiasm, teamwork shine in Swegle soccer club

Karina Carrasco Patino, a first-grader at Swegle Elementary, lines up a goal during soccer camp on Wednesday, March 17 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Aubrey Garcia’s face erupted in a grin as she ran toward her coach.  The first grader at Swegle Elementary School jumped and high-fived Sarai Castillo, 18, celebrating after[Read More…]

Salem’s first electric school bus is on the road

Bus driver Chris Mitzel demonstrates the controls on the Salem-Keizer School District’s first electric school bus at the district bus lot on Feb. 21, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Bus #427 has a control panel nearly identical to its neighbors in the Salem-Keizer School District’s transportation lot on Hawthorne Avenue. Only[Read More…]

School board directors join protesters at rally against school mask mandates

Protesters line Commercial St. during a Feb. 18 rally against school mask mandates. (Joey Cappelletti/Keizertimes) Over 200 people gathered outside Salem-Keizer School District’s Student Services Center Friday morning to protest mask requirements in the district’s schools. Many of the “Rally for Our Students” protesters stood along Commercial St. in south[Read More…]

As Oregon moves to local control on school masks, Salem parents and educators rally against mandates

Several hundred people protested school mask mandates on Lancaster Drive Northeast outside the Salem-Keizer School District on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) As an elementary school principal in south Salem, Beth Freeborn said she saw masks get in the way of children learning. Students who came back to[Read More…]