Eugene 4j

Recorded on: March 6th, 2015

Air Date: March 9th, 2015

The City Club of Eugene has long recognized the important function of debate in our community. The vigorous clash of ideas is central to our cultural identity. Our great local hero Wayne Morse was a renowned debater.

Eugene School District 4J is offering parents and students ways to help choose which school to attend next year.

4J has a long-standing system of allowing families to apply for enrollment in schools outside their neighborhood. Spokeswoman Kerry Delf explains.

Eugene 4j teachers ratified a tentative three-year contract Monday night.  It now goes to the 4j School Board for final approval.  Mary Walston, a past board chair and bargaining team member, says the Board will vote on the contract at its October 15th meeting:

Walston:  "It includes a modest increase for staff in terms of cost-of-living and step increases.  They'll be some health benefit increases in the second and third year."

The Eugene 4J School District and the Eugene Education Association teachers union reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract on Saturday.

Bargaining teams met for several formal sessions in May and June after the previous contract expired.

Eugene 4J’s River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School is being replaced.    On Thursday, community members may view potential designs for the school.  The District intends to build on the same property while the current school is kept open, says 4J spokeswoman Kerry Delf:

Delf:  "The River Road Elementary School is on a piece of property that has space to the west and space to the east. So one of the decisions that has yet to be made is the precise   location of where the new building will be”

Rachael McDonald

Advocates say Eugene 4j students depend on a local option levy to fully fund their education. The Yes for 4J Schools Levy Campaign kickoff was Monday at Sheldon High School.

This is the 4th time 4j is asking voters to renew a 5-year levy that generates 8 million dollars annually. Jennifer Winters is a parent and campaign chair. She says with the state investing less in education, the levy is a way local residents can make a difference.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

As the new school year begins this week, Jim Torrey, Chair of the Eugene 4J School Board, talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald. He says this year will be easier for students, teachers and parents.

Eugene 4J School District

Shelley Berman will leave his post as Eugene 4-J School District Superintendent after next school year. Berman asked to be released from his contract early and the school board Wednesday agreed.Berman says there are a few reasons for his decision to move on, one is family.

Berman: "I have a family that's distributed all across the country right now and we're trying to bring everybody back together in one place."

Eugene 4J School District

The public is invited to participate in designing a new Middle School in South Eugene. Voters approved a bond measure last spring to pay for improvements in the 4J district. There's a public meeting Tuesday at Roosevelt Middle School.

Recorded on: Friday, April 4, 2014

Air Date: Monday, April 7, 2014

Working Together on the BEST Outcomes for Kids

This program will explain how Eugene School District 4J and community partners use research-based approaches to raise up our most vulnerable elementary, middle school students and ensure a college going culture with teens who might otherwise struggle to make sense of high school and higher education.

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