Salem-Keizer School District

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools, District 24J
Type and location
Type Public
Grades K-12
Established January 1855[1]
Country USA
Location Salem and Keizer, Oregon
District information
Superintendent Paula Radich (Interim)
Budget $333 million (general fund) [2]
Students and staff
Students 40,282[3]
Teachers 2,242.18[3]
Staff 1,552.31[3]
Other information
Schedule September through mid-June[4]

Salem-Keizer School District is a school district in the U.S. state of Oregon that serves the cities of Salem and Keizer. It is the second-largest school district in the state with more than 40,000 students and nearly 4,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.[5] It serves more than 172 square miles (450 km2) of Marion and Polk counties.[6]


Currently, the district has just over 17% of its students receiving English Language Learner services, 13% receiving Special Education, 10% in the Talented and Gifted Program, and 52% in the Free and Reduced Meal Program - meaning a high percentage of students are living in poverty.[3]

In 2008, Salem-Keizer high school students scored above the national average on the SATs.[7] In 2009, 65 percent of high school students graduated with a high school diploma.[8]

Salem-Keizer is a growing district with a 6% enrollment growth in the last six years (37,877 in 2003-04 to 40,282 in 2008-09).[3][9] The district's facilities include 73 schools and programs in 69 locations.[3] The average age of schools is 45 years for elementary, 32 years for middle, and 32 years for high schools.

School board[edit]

The Salem-Keizer School Board is responsible for hiring the superintendent, adopting the annual budget, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements with District staff. The seven-person board serves as an advocate on behalf of the Salem-Keizer School District, students and its constituency.[10] All board meetings, except for executive sessions, are open to the public, and time is set aside for public comments. School board elections are held in May as members’ four-year terms expire.[11]

Though the district is broken up into zones for which one board member serves a constituency, the entire city votes on every zone.[12] Both the chairperson and the vice chairperson are nominated and elected by the Board.[13] The current chairperson is Steve Chambers, a retired high school teacher who was elected to Zone 2 in 1999. Ron Jones, a former manager in traffic safety and enforcement for the State of Oregon, was elected for Zone 7 in 2005 and serves as vice chairperson. Executive director of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation Krina Lemons has served Zone 4 since 2003. Rick Kimball, director of technical services for Truitt Brothers, Inc., was elected to serve Zone 5 in 2005. President of Blanchet Catholic School Chuck Lee was elected in Zone 6 in 2007. In 2009, retired principal Chris Brantley and the co-owner of Salem Nurse-Midwives Nancy MacMorris-Adix were elected to Zones 1 and 3 respectively.[14]


  • Paula Radich, formerly of the Newberg School District (retired) was appointed interim superintendent through June 14' until the district can appoint a permanent replacement. Confirmed by a 5-2 vote on the Salem Keizer School Board.


In the 2009 school year, the district had 815 students classified as homeless by the Department of Education, or 2.0% of students in the district.[15]


McKay High School
North Salem High School

High schools[edit]

There are also several alternative secondary school programs known collectively as Roberts High School, which includes SK Online.

Middle schools[edit]

  • Claggett Creek Middle School
  • Crossler Middle School
  • Houck Middle School
  • Judson Middle School
  • Leslie Middle School
  • Parrish Middle School
  • Stephens Middle School
  • Straub Middle School
Straub, in West Salem, opened in 2011 and is named after Oregon Governor Bob Straub.
  • Waldo Middle School
  • Walker Middle School
Walker was the only middle school in West Salem until Straub Middle School opened in 2011. Walker serves students in grades 6–8. Average enrollment is 1,100 students. The school was established as Walker Junior High in 1962, and was named for Major Walter M. Walker. Actor Jon Heder attended Walker. The school's motto is "Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn," its school colors are green and black, and its mascot is the wildcat.
  • Whiteaker Middle School

Charter schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Auburn Elementary School
  • Bethel Elementary School, named after the Bethel Church, built in that locale by the Dunkards[16]
  • Battlecreek Elementary School
  • Brush College Elementary School
  • Bush Elementary School
  • Candalaria Elementary School
  • Chapman Hill Elementary School
  • Clear Lake Elementary School
  • Cummings Elementary School
  • Englewood Elementary School
  • Eyre Elementary School
  • Forest Ridge Elementary School
  • Four Corners Elementary School
  • Fruitland Elementary School
  • Grant Community School
  • Gubser Elementary School
  • Hallman Elementary School
  • Hammond Elementary School
  • Harritt Elementary School
  • Hayesville Elementary School
  • Hazel Green Elementary School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Hoover Elementary School
  • Keizer Elementary School
  • Kennedy Elementary School
  • Lake Labish Elementary School
  • Lamb Elementary School
  • Lee Elementary School
  • Liberty Elementary School
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Middle Grove Elementary School
  • Miller Elementary School
  • Morningside Elementary School
  • Myers Elementary School
  • Pringle Elementary School
  • Richmond Elementary School
  • Rosedale Elementary School
  • Salem Heights Elementary School
  • Schirle Elementary School
  • Scott Elementary School
  • Sumpter Elementary School
  • Swegle Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School
  • Weddle Elementary School
  • Faye Wright Elementary School
  • Yoshikai Elementary School


  1. ^ Gibby, Susan. "A General History of Education in Salem". Salem Online History. Salem Public Library. Retrieved 2009-07-17. By January 1855, Salem school district 24J was officially organized by William P. Pugh, the county superintendent. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Mackenzie (2009-06-24). "S-K Board OKs school budget for 2009-10". Gannett Co. Retrieved 2009-07-17. Next year's general-fund budget is $333 million, about 7 percent less than last year's $358 million budget. The general fund pays for most day-to-day district operations. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Statistics". Salem-Keizer School District. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Amended District Calendar 09-10 final". Salem Keizer Public Schools. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  5. ^ Salem-Keizer Public Schools website
  6. ^ Salem-Keizer Public Schools 2008 presentation
  7. ^ "Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Scores". Salem-Keizer School District. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  8. ^ The Oregonian (2009-06-30). "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Oregon Live LLC). pp. Oregon Education. 
  9. ^ "District Profile Date Comparison: SALEM/KEIZER School District 24J". Oregon Department of Education. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  10. ^ "Board Job Description" (PDF). School Board Policies. Salem-Keizer School District. 2007-05-08. pp. BG–2. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Mackenzie (2009-07-14). "School board members will be sworn in tonight". Statesman Journal (Gannett Co., Inc.). Retrieved 2009-07-31. Board members serve four-year terms without pay. [dead link]
  12. ^ "SKEA-PAC School Board Candidate Recommendations". Salem-Keizer Education Association. 5-7-09. Retrieved 2009-07-31. Although School Board directors represent a zone or area of Salem or Keizer, elections are done city wide and voters will vote in all four zones.  Check date values in: |date= (help)[dead link]
  13. ^ "Regular Meeting" (PDF). School Board Minutes. Salem-Keizer School District. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  14. ^ "School Board". Salem-Keizer School District. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-31. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Count of homeless students in Oregon school districts, 2008-2009". The Oregonian. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  16. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 78. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.