For anyone who follows McNary High School basketball it will likely come as no surprise that senior Johnathan Doutt will be continuing his athletic career in college.
Doutt, a three-year starter on the varsity team who averaged 17 points a game and shot an astonishing 97 percent from the free throw line in league contests, is headed to George Fox University next fall.
“It will be difficult to fill his shoes next season, but George Fox is a great program and Johnathan will be a great fit in their system,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach.
Kirch put Doutt on the radar of Bruin Head Coach Maco Hamilton during a clinic and Hamilton came to see Doutt play in a game against South Salem in January.
“He has a very high skill set, which jumped out to us. On top of that his feel for the game was extremely high and we value that,” Hamilton said.
Doutt visited the school last month spending a night in the dorms and getting to know some of the team’s returning players.
“They have two guard spots that are a bit interchangeable, but they have a returning player in the other spot, one of the top in the league, and I’m hoping to learn a lot from him,” Doutt said.
He entertained offers from several Division 3 schools, which cannot offer athletic scholarships, but he did earn one for academics at GFU.
“The academics were what I tried to focus on,” Doutt said. “I’m undeclared right now, but I’m thinking about a degree in business or sports marketing and George Fox seemed like a good place for that.”
During his time in the Celtic program, Doutt has seen his fair share of struggles as the team rebuilt under a new head coach, but he said it was the off-the-court moments that stick in his mind the most.
“We went down to University of Oregon the past three years and got to take part in a
Five Keizer Teens were honored at the annual Turnaround Awards banquet Tuesday, May 13.
The awards celebrate students who make concerted efforts to change their attitudes, grades or both at schools in the Salem area. They are sponsored by Keizer’s Town & Country Bowling Center.
Fredy Santiago was the honoree from McNary High School. He was nominated by Carrie Brown a counselor at the school.
“Fredy is a survivor and still a work in progress,” said Brown. “When he arrived at McNary his GPA was .67 and then it fell to .00. Since then, he has gone through summer school and done extra work to make sure he graduates.”
At one time, Santiago lived on the streets in Mexico before being brought stateside by his mother.
“My mom used to cry every night and she would pray for me to change and be the person I am now. I can’t go back in time, I can only do everything I can to graduate,” Santiago said.
Turnaround recipients at Whiteaker and Claggett Creek middle schools were both motivated by a desire to play sports.
Jacqueline Ryder found a haven in playing volleyball and didn’t want to get cut from the team for poor grades.
“I started out horrible,” she said. “I had bad grades and lots of referrals. The hardest part was forcing myself to pay attention.”
Sam Partida discovered an aptitude for wrestling and used it to spark a reversal in his grades and attitude.
“I found out I was good at wrestling and then track and field,” Sam said. “Now I want to be in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and be an entrepreneur and police officer.”
He overcame struggles with learning disorders to put himself on a better track.
Keizer students receiving awards from non-Keizer schools included Sheila Limas-De La Cruz at Blanchet Catholic School and Casey Robinson at Barbara Roberts High School.
Christy Perry, the former Keizer Elementary School teacher who has been the superintendent of the Dallas School District for the last nine years, will be the next superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District.
The Salem-Keizer School Board hired Perry last Tuesday night. She will take her position July 1, succeeding Paula Radich, who became interim superintendent after Sandy Husk resigned to become chief executive officer of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).
Perry’s contract, which is renewable, will run for three years. Her annual salary will be $189,000. Fringe benefits will be sick leave, emergency leave and bereavement leave; accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $100,000; disability insurance paid by the district with benefits taxable to her; and district-paid contributions into a tax-deferred annuity in the amounts of $16,000 for the 2014-15 school year, $19,000 for 2015-16 and $21,000 for 2016-17.
Perry taught fifth grade at Keizer Elementary in 1990-91 and was a Talented and Gifted program assistant there in 1991-92.
In other business, the board accepted the following grants:
• From the Oregon Department of Education: $445,579 for Educator Effectiveness support and Common Core State Standards implementation; $186,174 for student mentoring of a summer program at South Salem High School; $176,882 for preparing, recruiting and retaining culturally and/or linguistically diverse teachers; $68,306 to create a team of staff members to support implementation of English language proficiency standards; $5,227 to support students in the Long Term Care & Treatment program at in-program schools; and $3,012 for the Long Term Care & Treatment Program.
• From the Chalkboard Project: $94,000 for the Teacher Incentive Fund to support the principal leadership cadre; and $50,000 for the same fund to support licensed staff leadership roles.
• From Equal Opportunity Schools: $65,000 for classes at McKay, North Salem and Sprague high schools.
• From the Marion County Health Department: $9,000 for Strengthening Families.
• From the Society for Science & the Public: $8,500 to help a West Salem High School instructor to work with under-resourced students who are motivated to perform research independently.
• From the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund: $1,325 for graduation celebrations; $1,300 to promote reading, writing and math skills.
Also accepted by the board was a donation of a multipurpose athletic facility to Sprague from the Skyline Baseball Club, Green Acres Landscape, Santiam Barns & Supply and Sprague High School Boosters. The total value is estimated at $82,262.
In the Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting, two students each at McNary and McKay high schools were recognized for winning awards in a recent Future Business Leaders of America competition. The McNary students are senior Wyatt Hoag and junior Billy West.
Personnel actions approved by the board included the following for teachers in the McNary attendance area:
• Employment as a temporary full-time teacher for 2013-14 of LaFaye Engle, fourth grade, English for speakers of other languages, Weddle Elementary School.
• Employment as temporary full-time teachers for 2014-15 of Kristi Auvinen, fifth grade, ESOL, Keizer; Chad Christensen, instructional coach, Whiteaker Middle School; Candi Hedrick, instructional coach, Claggett Creek Elementary School; and Laren Vernoy, basic skills, Keizer.
• Employment as a second-year part-time probation teacher for 2014-15 of Abby Federico, learning resources center, Claggett Creek.
• Employment as second-year full-time probation teachers for 2014-15 of Coral Walker, second grade, bilingual, Keizer; Alyssa Schmidt, mathematics, Whiteaker; Mishelle Clum, first grade, ESOL, Kennedy Elementary School; and Beth Malmsten, fifth grade, ESOL, Kennedy.
• Employment as a third-year full-time probationary teacher for 2014-15 of Julia Ortman, Clear Lake, counselor.
• Retirements of Holly Albertson, general music teacher, Gubser Elementary School; Susanne Riley, third-grade teacher, Clear Lake; Barbara Rappleyea, learning resources center teacher, Clear Lake; and Karen Walson, first grade, ESOL, Kennedy.