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Salem school one of most rapidly improving in Oregon, driving up scores with innovation, focus

Scott Stenlund, Washington Elementary School principal (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Washington Elementary School has countered disappointing student test performance across Salem schools, nearly tripling in the past two years the percentage of students on track in math with similar gains in reading. Under principal Scott Stenlund, the school of about 400[Read More…]

Salem leaders meet to talk homelessness, consider steps to take

Left-to-right: Mayor Chuck Bennett, business owner Jim Davis and Salem City Councilor Chris Hoy listen as school board member and Keizer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Danielle Bethell talks during small groups at the Thursday meeting. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Meetings aren’t the same as taking action, Ron Hays told a[Read More…]

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New courthouse rule aims to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests

Marion County Courthouse (File/Salem Reporter) Citing a need to protect the integrity of the judicial system, Oregon’s top judge adopted a rule Thursday intended to restrict the ability of federal immigration agents from making arrests in the state’s courthouses. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already questioned the state’s authority[Read More…]

Salem’s economy takes a jolt as 1,000 jobs disappear with NORPAC collapse

A NORPAC-branded truck transports frozen vegetables in Oregon. (Courtesy/Oregon Department of Agriculture) The impending closure of a century-old food processing company will have wide impacts on Salem’s economy as nearly 1,000 workers seek new jobs over the holidays and Willamette Valley farmers scramble for a new buyer for next season’s[Read More…]

Chavez counselor brings deep compassion – and a gecko – to help struggling kids

Chavez Elementary counselor Crystal Armstrong leads a lesson in a first-grade class about the parts of the brain. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Parents, students and colleagues nominated 53 local educators for Crystal Apple Awards this year. The award, given annually by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, recognizes staff who make a significant difference in[Read More…]

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Salem Police Chief Moore retiring

Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore (Courtesy/City of Salem) Salem Police Department’s top officer will begin winding down his four-decade career. Chief Jerry Moore announced Thursday he plans to retire Nov. 30, according to a press release from the city of Salem. He will continue to serve as police chief on[Read More…]