SCHOOLS

With expansion, Waldo Middle School will get rid of portable classrooms and add labs for science

Students celebrate at a groundbreaking ceremony for construction at Waldo Middle School on Aug. 15, 2019 (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) When Waldo Middle School was built in 1957, the school cafeteria was designed to hold 227 students. Today, that population has ballooned to more than 1,000, creating daily challenges like shuffling[Read More…]

Sprague names Chad Barkes new principal

Chad Barkes (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) One week after former Sprague High School principal Craig Swanson announced his departure, assistant principal Chad Barkes has stepped up to take the job. Barkes, who has been an assistant principal at Sprague since 2015, said he applied after staff in the building reached out[Read More…]

Sprague High School principal stepping down

Craig Swanson (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) Sprague High School Principal Craig Swanson is stepping down weeks before a new school year to take a job as principal at Lebanon High School. “You all have helped build one of the best high schools in the state of Oregon and we continue to[Read More…]

Salem police sergeant will oversee Salem-Keizer risk management

Cliff Carpentier (Photo courtesy/Salem-Keizer Public Schools) Longtime Salem Police Sgt. Cliff Carpentier loved being a school resource officer nearly 15 years ago. That experience led him to seek a job as director of Salem-Keizer School District’s security and risk management department, where he’ll oversee school threat assessment, emergency management and[Read More…]