Hundreds more Salem kids to get a chance for bilingual Spanish-English classes in fall

Kindergarten student Grace Garcia works with Olga Cobb, Salem-Keizer’s Assistant Superintendent, on a math worksheet in a dual language class at Grant Community School on Thursday, May 12, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) About 250 more elementary school students will be able to attend class in both Spanish and English starting[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer budget calls for more teachers to help students learn English, manage behavior

Salem-Keizer School District leaders want to add more teachers to the district’s programs serving non-native English speakers and shift more educators to address students’ behavioral problems, according to a proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year. The $1.4 billion draft budget, published Tuesday evening, largely maintains current district services and[Read More…]

Children’s book on racism to remain in Salem-Keizer libraries following parent challenge

Copies of “Stamped (For Kids)” collected following a Salem-Keizer School District committee vote to retain the book in elementary school libraries on Monday, April 11, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A children’s book about the history of racism and antiracist activism in the U.S. will remain in Salem-Keizer School District elementary[Read More…]

Years in the making, new trans student policies for Salem schools draw backlash

Protestors denounced Salem-Keizer School District policies intended to support transgender students outside the Student Services Support Center on Monday, April 11, while counterprotestors flew trans pride flags (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Three years ago, a transgender high school student approached leaders at the Salem-Keizer School District and told them they needed[Read More…]

Enthusiasm, teamwork shine in Swegle soccer club

Karina Carrasco Patino, a first-grader at Swegle Elementary, lines up a goal during soccer camp on Wednesday, March 17 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Aubrey Garcia’s face erupted in a grin as she ran toward her coach.  The first grader at Swegle Elementary School jumped and high-fived Sarai Castillo, 18, celebrating after[Read More…]

Salem’s first electric school bus is on the road

Bus driver Chris Mitzel demonstrates the controls on the Salem-Keizer School District’s first electric school bus at the district bus lot on Feb. 21, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Bus #427 has a control panel nearly identical to its neighbors in the Salem-Keizer School District’s transportation lot on Hawthorne Avenue. Only[Read More…]

School board directors join protesters at rally against school mask mandates

Protesters line Commercial St. during a Feb. 18 rally against school mask mandates. (Joey Cappelletti/Keizertimes) Over 200 people gathered outside Salem-Keizer School District’s Student Services Center Friday morning to protest mask requirements in the district’s schools. Many of the “Rally for Our Students” protesters stood along Commercial St. in south[Read More…]