Education

Education
3:30 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Chiloquin High School students tour KLCC in preparation for their new radio station.

Program Director Don Hein explains the KLCC studio to students from Chiloquin High School on Feb 19. Chiloquin is a small town located north of Klamath Falls, and their high school has been granted a Low Power FM construction permit by the FCC. They came to Eugene to see an actual radio station in operation. Best of luck with your new station, Chiloquin High!!

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Civic Stadium
12:43 am
Wed February 19, 2014

"Bottom of 16th": Civic Stadium Vote Expected

Baseball and other sports teams once called Civic Stadium home.
Credit Jes Burns

Wednesday night the Eugene 4j School Board will decide if they will accept the City of Eugene’s offer to purchase historic Civic Stadium. 

The district received three bids for the properties in South Eugene – one each from Fred Meyer, the YMCA, and the City of Eugene.  Superintendent Sheldon Berman has recommended the district accept the City’s offer. At a 4J School Board Meeting in early February, board members seemed tired of the issue, which they have been dealing with for the past decade.  

Board Chair Mary Walston:

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Freedom of Press
6:41 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

4J Wants Journalists Out Of Internal Labor Discussions

The Eugene 4J School Board is expected to vote Wednesday to exclude media from its executive sessions on labor negotiations. 

Past practice has permitted media members to attend meetings at which the 4J board planned its negotiations positions and strategy.

The decision to meet privately in the future was initially made in closed session.  The Register-Guard, citing the State's public meetings law, informed 4J their decision must be arrived at openly.  The District will now therefore review the matter at its regular meeting.

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Civic Stadium
6:25 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Eugene 4J Board Reflects On Civic Stadium Sale Recommendation

Eugene 4j School Board discusses the Civic Stadium sale at an early February meeting.
Credit Jes Burns

Wednesday night the Eugene 4j School Board will make a decision about what to do with historic Civic Stadium.  The district received three bids for the properties in South Eugene – from Fred Meyer, the YMCA, and the City of Eugene.  The Superintendent has recommended the district accept the City’s offer.

On KLCC, we’ve heard from all three bidders and the 4j Superintendent.  Now, we’ll hear from the people charged with making the decision.  School Board members spoke about their positions at a meeting in early February.

We’ll start with Board Member Anne Marie Levis.

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Bend-La Pine Disctrict
10:24 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Former Principal Accused Bend-La Pine District Of Discrimination, Denial Of Due Process

Former Bear Creek Elementary Principal Matt Montoya is suing the Bend-La Pine School District.

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University of Oregon
3:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

U of O Graduate Student Teachers Rally For Increased Compensation

Supporters of graduate student teachers rally Friday.
Credit Karen Richards

The graduate teaching fellows union at the University of Oregon is bargaining for a new contract. They want a higher minimum salary and expanded health care coverage.

A group of over 100 graduate student teachers and their supporters gathered in front of Johnson Hall Friday. They spoke about the need to raise compensation packages in order to attract high-quality graduate students.

David Craig is a PHD student in philosophy.

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Bomb Threat Fern Ridge School
3:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Fern Ridge Middle School Evacuates After Bomb Threat

Credit R.A.C. Giddens

A bomb threat prompted evacuation of Fern Ridge Middle School this (Wednesday) morning. Homeland Security brought in a bomb-sniffing K-9 to search. No explosives were recovered but the district’s emergency protocols were put to the test.

Fern Ridge Middle School administrators were the first to find the threat spray painted on two walls. Superintendent Dennis Fredrick arrived soon after.

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Civic Stadium
10:55 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Public And Board Respond To Civic Stadium Sale Recommendation

Eugene 4j School Board hears public comment about Civic Stadium sale recommendation from Fred Meyer representative Melinda Merrill.
Credit Jes Burns

Earlier this week, 4J Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman recommended the sale of the Civic Stadium properties to the City of Eugene, over competing bids from Fred Meyer and the YMCA.  A final decision by the 4J Board is still two weeks away.  Wednesday night, Board members heard community response to the recommendation.

Berman: “This has been a long process…”

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Education
4:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Eugene YMCA And Fred Meyer React To Civic Stadium Recommendation

Credit Jes Burns

Eugene Superintendent Shelley Berman announced Monday he would recommend the 4j School Board negotiate purchase of Civic Stadium with the City of Eugene. The price would be four point five million dollars. 

YMCA Executive Director Dave Perez Tuesday voiced disappointment while still holding out hope:

Perez:  “We really felt that our proposal offered the community and the School District some tremendous long-term benefits. We don’t think we’re out of it yet. The Board still has to make a decision on the 19th, and we’ll just see what kind of happens then.”

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Language
3:28 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

North Eugene High School Receives Japanese Grant

Principal Eric Anderson with Japanese Consul Hiroshi Furusawa.
Credit Karen Richards

Here's a quiz. What two languages are taught at North Eugene High School? Spanish is the first. But the second? It's Japanese. The school received a grant today (Tuesday) from the Japanese Consul General.

Nathan Goldberg starts his Japanese 1 class at North Eugene High School. Down the hall, a Japanese 3 class begins. Overall, 120 students at the school are studying the language. Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa says Oregon has a strong Japanese language presence:

Furusawa: "This state, per capita, number two, after Hawaii."

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