SCHOOLS

NINE INTO SIX: In one place, Salem Reporter’s 5-part series on challenges of local schools

Part 1: Salem schools struggle with shifting politics, challenging demographics, lagging students In Salem’s high-poverty schools, the average student starts kindergarten not recognizing enough letters to write their own name. In the first of a five-part series, we looked at how those schools use extra federal money to try to[Read More…]

Lee Elementary principal Don Hakala resigns

The principal of Lee Elementary School has resigned, shifting to a new school post to work one day a week until the end of the school year, according to Salem-Keizer School District officials. Principal Don Hakala’s last day at the school, located in southeast Salem, was Wednesday, March 20. He[Read More…]

Groundbreaking at North kicks off $70 million campus renovation to add new classrooms

North High School senior and student body president Kiara Ballard speaks at the school’s groundbreaking ceremony with vice president Ben Garcia, right. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Senior Kiara Ballard won’t be around to see North Salem High School’s renovations over the next 18 months. But the student body president said she’s[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…]

Blanchet Catholic School leaders raising $4.4 million for campus improvements

Blanchet Catholic School principal and president Bob Weber stands in the school commons, build during Blanchet’s last capital campaign. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) In a bid to attract more students and remain competitive, Salem’s only Catholic secondary school is seeking millions for campus improvements. Blanchet Catholic School leaders are working to[Read More…]

After listening to a divided public, Salem-Keizer school board approves boundary changes

Teachers, parents and students packed the room to speak before a Salem-Keizer school board vote on boundary changes on Feb. 12, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) After more than two hours of public testimony from dozens of parents, teachers and students, a divided Salem-Keizer school board approved a controversial boundary change[Read More…]

Joining Salem-Keizer NAACP, Latino groups urge delay on district boundary changes

Adriana Miranda, left, answers questions about the Salem-Keizer School District’s boundary adjustment plan for NAACP President Benny Williams, right, as Superintendent Christy Perry looks on. Hours before the Salem-Keizer School Board considers adopting new school attendance boundaries, Latino community groups are urging a delay to address concerns raised recently by[Read More…]