St. Edward asks court to dismiss school district’s eminent domain case, citing religious freedom

The vacant field owned by St. Edward Catholic Church. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) The Keizer church facing a forced land sale to accommodate a growing McNary High School contends that school officials are violating the parish’s religious freedom. In a Jan. 18 court filing, St. Edward Catholic Church asked the court[Read More…]

School board wants to hear from you about proposed Salem-Keizer boundary changes

The Salem-Keizer School Board is seeking comments about a plan to change school boundaries that would affect thousands of students and families. The new boundaries, together with ongoing school construction, are designed to address overcrowding based on population projections and would take effect next school year. Families can seek an[Read More…]

To improve teacher diversity, Salem-Keizer focusing on training its own students, classroom aides

Jessica Zamarron helps students with a math assignment in a bilingual Swegle Elementary School classroom. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Jessica Zamarron was inspired by her first-grade teacher at Swegle Elementary. Seeing Karina Rodriguez, another bilingual Latina, in front of the classroom, Zamarron knew her teacher had similar life experiences. If she[Read More…]

Growing number of homeless Salem students poses transportation challenges

Bus driver John Svendsen stands outside the white van he drives. His four-hour route transports six homeless students from schools in Dallas, Monmouth and Independence to Salem. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) John Svendsen’s bus route is unusually quiet. The veteran Salem-Keizer School District driver starts his afternoon route at the main[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer School Board gives Superintendent Christy Perry three more years

Salem-Keizer Superintendent Christy Perry (Moriah Ratner/Special to Salem Reporter) With one dissenting vote, the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday approved a three-year contract extension for Superintendent Christy Perry. Perry, who has been superintendent since 2016, will earn $239,126 this year and $248,691 for the 2019-20 school year, with a 4[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer nearing final school boundaries for 2019-20

Proposed elementary school boundaries under the most recent Salem-Keizer School District proposal. (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) After months of discussion, the Salem-Keizer School District is nearing a final plan to shift the boundaries of dozens of local schools. That plan would leave schools in Keizer and West Salem largely untouched and[Read More…]

Parents concerned about racial discrimination, transportation in Salem-Keizer boundary shifts

Olga Cobb, Salem-Keizer director of elementary education, explains proposed boundary changes to parents at Four Corners Elementary School on Dec. 4, 2018. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Parents are concerned a Salem-Keizer School District proposal to ease high school overcrowding by shifting some students to different schools would lead to more bullying[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer school officials want citizen opinion about boundary changes affecting thousands

Proposed changes to Salem-Keizer high school boundaries are being reviewed. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A group of community volunteers and Salem-Keizer School District staff wants to hear from the community before finishing a proposal that would shift thousands of local students to new schools. Four community forums have been scheduled across[Read More…]