Salem, Ore. – Salem-Keizer Public Schools announced the completion of bond-funded improvements at North Salem High School today in a virtual ribbon-cutting celebration video. Over $73 million has been invested in improvements at North Salem, making it one of the largest projects in the district.
The work at North Salem was completed on time and on budget. Highlights of the improvements at the school include 20 new classrooms, one new science lab, additional special education classrooms, two expanded career and technical (vocational) education program spaces for Woods Manufacturing and Health Services, a new satellite commons area and kitchen, a new, welcoming check-in space at the front entry, as well as at the new west entry, additional parking and more.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students will start the school year remotely. The new spaces at North Salem will be used by teachers to deliver remote instruction until it’s safe to offer in-person learning. “Teachers are in these spaces, hoping to slow the spread and get our metrics down, so students can safely return to the building,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “In the meantime, we will ensure that our students have the tools to thrive in the virtual world and comprehensive distance learning, so that when we do return, we are more nimble and stronger than ever.”
Principal Chad Towe thanked the voters as the new principal of North Salem High School. “I’m grateful to join a community of people who care so much for the students. I can’t thank the voters enough for passing this historic bond and investing in the betterment of our students and their futures.”
North Salem High School is the fourth school to complete construction in the bond program. Some level of improvement is planned at all schools in the district, with major expansions planned at 32 schools.
The $619.7 million bond was approved by voters in May 2018 and promises to expand career-technical (vocational) education and science education opportunities, improve safety and security, add space to relieve overcrowding and protect the community’s investment in district facilities.
More information about the 2018 Bond Program can be found on the district’s bond page. Below is the North Salem High School ribbon-cutting video celebration.