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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…]

Column: Salem Reporter journalists do our best work by partnering with you

Education reporter Rachel Alexander (Moriah Ratner/Special to Salem Reporter) Editor’s note: This is the second of a continuing series of personal columns from the staff of Salem Reporter to the community explaining how we perform our journalism. When I introduce myself to Salem-Keizer parents, there’s sometimes a moment of surprise.[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…]

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Volunteers needed to staff homeless warming shelters as temperatures hit freezing

Sandra Carr, 73, sits next to a tent under the Marion Street Bridge on Wednesday. Carr said she has been homeless about two months after her trailer was stolen. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Community groups are calling for volunteers to run overnight warming shelters to keep people off Salem’s streets during[Read More…]

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Ex-Dallas councilor known for intolerant statements now a finalist for Polk commissioner

The Polk County Courthouse. (Courtesy of Janet Guzman/Polk County Itemizer-Observer) UPDATE 10:50 a.m. Dec. 5: Micky Garus was not appointed Polk County Commissioner. Commissioners unanimously chose Lyle Mordhorst, a manager at Les Schwab and former president of the West Salem High School Education Foundation. As a Dallas city councilor, Micky[Read More…]

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Leaving office, Janet Carlson hopes to see continued push to help Marion County homeless

Outgoing county commissioner Janet Carlson has spent 16 years in office focused on helping people get a second change after coming out of jail. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Janet Carlson’s office is lined with a stack of plastic tubs, carefully labeled by topic. The outgoing Marion County commissioner describes it as[Read More…]

Leaving office, Janet Carlson hopes to see continued push to help Marion County homeless

Outgoing county commissioner Janet Carlson has spent 16 years in office focused on helping people get a second change after coming out of jail. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Janet Carlson’s office is lined with a stack of plastic tubs, carefully labeled by topic. The outgoing Marion County commissioner describes it as[Read More…]