On Friday, Jan. 31, North Salem High School Senior Myrka Morales Romero got a very special surprise. Fellow students, teachers and administrators gathered together in the school’s library and enthusiastically began clapping for Myrka as she walked into the library, expecting to meet with a teacher. Instead, she was met by representatives from Best Buy and Google who had heard about Myrka’s story and wanted to surprise her with tech tools to continue her education after high school, such as a new Google Pixel notebook, a Google Assistant device, a year-long subscription for Microsoft office and more. This is Myrka’s story: Myrka is an exceptional student and person of character who has persevered through many challenges and obstacles to be where she is today. Over [...]
This year’s Awesome 3000 T-shirts will feature original artwork drawn by Sprague High School sophomore Kate Swenson. Kate’s artwork features SKEF mascot, Geo crossing the start line to begin the race leaving the text “Awesome 3000” in his dust. Representatives of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation recognized her at an all-school assembly on Friday, January 31, 2020. Each year the Foundation invites young artists in the Salem-Keizer Public Schools to come up with a design for the Awesome 3000 fun run held the first Saturday in May. Kate has been interested in art since she was a small child and really enjoys creating with colored pencils. While she has never run in the Awesome 3000, Kate is no stranger to the Awesome Art Contest having placed [...]
The draft of the plan to spend more than $35 million annually focuses on both academic and socio-emotional strategies Last week, the Student Investment Account Task Force brought forward a recommendation to the Salem-Keizer Board of Directors on how to invest more than $35 million annually from the Student Success Act. Based on several months of data review and intentional engagement with more than 1,200 students, parents and community members in small groups, forums and focus groups, the recommendation also incorporated feedback from more than 5,000 staff and community survey responses. At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Salem-Keizer Board of Directors heard a first reading of the district’s Student Investment Account plan. The current draft of the plan recommends investing 21 percent of the [...]
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Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) and the Association of Salem-Keizer Education Support Professionals (ASK ESP) announced increased pay ranges for school bus drivers and other transportation employees. Effective Feb. 16, 2020, the new starting wage for school bus drivers will be $17.47 per hour, up from $15.82 per hour. The wage increase is expected to help SKPS with recruitment and retention efforts for school bus drivers and transportation staff. “We have been at a critical point with our bus driver shortage for the past couple of years,” said Transportation Director Michael Shields. “Many of our department employees have had to drop everything and drive buses on a daily basis, just to keep up with demand.” The new pay scale for drivers ranges from $17.47 per hour [...]