School board delays budget to hear more about taking police officers out of Salem-Keizer schools

The Salem-Keizer School Board (Salem Reporter/file) The Salem-Keizer School Board Tuesday night postponed final action on the billion-dollar school budget to allow more consideration of a surprise proposal to remove police officers from local schools. The board’s decision reflects yet another government acknowledgement of growing citizen demands for reform, sparked[Read More…]


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…]


At Hoover Elementary, fourth-grade students launch all-digital newspaper

Jared Vergara Santana writes down research questions for his newspaper article in the Hoover Elementary School library on Oct. 29, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A dozen fourth-grade students at Hoover Elementary School bent over papers, brainstorming questions they wanted to research for future news articles. They’re the youngest journalists in[Read More…]


School board members say they’re disappointed by Salem’s poor test results

School buses parked in the Salem-Keizer School District lot on Hawthorne Avenue (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Last month, new state data showed Salem-Keizer had once again failed to raise the percentage of students reading and doing math at grade level. Salem-Keizer wasn’t unique: nearly every large district in Oregon saw fewer[Read More…]


With unexpected millions flowing, Salem-Keizer school officials add more building projects

New additions under construction at McNary High School on Aug. 23, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Seven local schools will get more hefty remodeling projects than planned as Salem-Keizer School District executives spend an unexpected infusion of $65 million. The money is flowing because investors have been paying more for the[Read More…]

PHOTO GALLERY: West Salem Jazz Festival

Students from North Albany Middle School perform on Saturday, Feb. 9. Hundreds of musicians took part in the seventh annual West Salem Jazz Festival at West Salem High School on Saturday, Feb. 9. Students from middle schools and high schools competed for honors. Results from the weekend: Middle School Novice[Read More…]