Salem-Keizer has many reasons to celebrate this month. Thanks to voters who generously approved a construction bond in 2018, major improvements are happening all across the district. The bond program has reached significant milestones and this month, the district will celebrate the completion of three of the largest projects in the bond.

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The community is invited to attend the following celebrations of school expansions and renovations:

Date and location Ribbon cutting + media event Small group tours Highlights of improvements
McKay High, Friday, Oct. 8 3 p.m. 4:00 to 6 p.m.

Reservation window opens Sept. 24

  • new library-media center
  • 11 new science classrooms
  • new auxiliary gym
  • additional special education spaces
  • black box theater
  • new choir room
  • new spaces for career and technical programs including culinary, agriculture and engineering
  • safety and security improvements
South Salem High, Thursday, Oct. 21 10 a.m. 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Reservation window opens Oct. 7

  • new performing arts center
  • extensive seismic upgrades
  • 14 additional classrooms
  • expanded spaces for career and technical education programs including culinary, sports medicine and broadcast journalism
  • new field house
  • new tennis courts
  • additional parking
  • two renovated science classrooms
  • safety and security upgrades
Auburn Elementary, Wednesday, Oct. 27 3 p.m. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Reservation window opens Oct. 13

  • new office and secure check-in space at the front entry
  • new adequately-sized cafeteria
  • new kitchen and serving area
  • 11 additional classrooms
  • new playground
  • multipurpose fitness room

The ribbon cutting events will be held outdoors, rain or shine. At each event, local dignitaries, district officials, bond campaign supporters and students will offer short speeches, followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Parking is limited at all school campuses and walking is encouraged. Face coverings and social distancing will be required at these outdoor gatherings.

All ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be followed by small-group tours of the newly renovated schools. Reservations are required to tour a school. Each individual attending the tour must complete the online registration. Tour appointments will be available every 15 minutes during the times specified.

Due to COVID restrictions, tour space is extremely limited. Therefore, priority for tour reservations will be given to community members who may not have another opportunity to visit the school this year. All tour participants must wear face coverings, maintain appropriate social distance, and answer COVID-19 screening questions before entering the school building. Each school’s tour reservations window will open two weeks before the event.

For those who prefer to attend virtually, all events will be live-streamed on the district’s YouTube channel and Spanish Facebook page. Virtual building tours will also be posted online.

Thank you, Salem-Keizer district voters, for supporting the bond measure that is providing these vital improvements to students’ learning environments!