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4J School District

Tuesday, Eugene 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas will share the school district’s Vision 20/20 strategic plan. The blueprint was written after 4J received input from community members. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports.

City of Eugene

A bike safety program for middle school students in Eugene and Springfield is expanding. A $30,000 grant will help the program add over 40 classes.

Karen Richards

Construction trucks are at work on the site of the new Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene. Current sixth graders should be able to start eighth grade on the new campus.

Bonds approved in 2013 funded the rebuilding of four aging Eugene schools. Superintendent Shelley Berman says the recent groundbreaking is an exciting moment:

Berman: “We’re moving ahead in a very rapid way around Roosevelt. We hope that we’ll get it open in fall of 2016. I know that they’re beginning to move dirt and will be setting the foundation fairly soon.”

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.

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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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Residents of the Eugene 4J School District will decide this November whether to continue tax support for local schools.  Wednesday night, the School Board voted to put a local option levy on the ballot that would fund the district to the tune of $8 million per year.

    

Board member Jim Torrey said the district was already stretched, and losing the funds would have major consequences.

Eugene 4J Schools

In a recent research study, Oregon was reported to have the third largest public school classes in the country.  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher speaks with Eugene 4J’s Roosevelt Middle School principal Chris Mitchell and two of his students to discuss the impact of larger classes on their school.

Elementary Students Show Off Culinary Skills

Mar 15, 2014
Desmond O'Boyle

How young do you start teaching children how to cook? The Eugene 4J School District thinks 4th and 5th grades are a good time to start.

Elementary Students faced off in a culinary competition Saturday at Sheldon High School. Future Master Chef Oria Winkler was working on a sandwich called "Sweet Monkey Spice."

Winkler: "It has honey, peanut butter, bananas, and cinnamon."

Reporter: "What is your favorite part about doing this today?"

Winkler: "Just like seeing how many people are doing all the sandwiches', and trying new things. And it just seems really fun."

Eugene Weekly.

The Eugene YMCA is hoping to build a new facility. The Eugene 4J School District needs to build a new middle school. The two entities are working together to find a solution.

Jes Burns

Eugene’s Depression-era stadium has a new chance for life.  Wednesday night, the Eugene 4J School Board voted to accept the City of Eugene’s bid for Civic Stadium.  The City offered $4.5 million for the Civic Stadium properties in South Eugene, but is requiring the community to raise significant additional funds to renovate the neglected all-wood grandstand and manage the facility.  4J Board Member Jim Torrey put it bluntly.

"Bottom of 16th": Civic Stadium Vote Expected

Feb 19, 2014
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:

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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Fred Meyer 's proposal to purchase Civic Stadium  for $5. 25 million is one of three being considered by Eugene 4J.  Last week, 4J Superintendent Shelley Berman recommended the District negotiate with the City of Eugene for acceptance of its offer.  We hear from Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melina Merrill:

Melinda Merrill, spokeswoman for Fred Meyer, on its offer to purchase Civic Stadium.

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…”

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.”

Jes Burns

This month, the Eugene 4J School Board is expected to make its decision about the fate of Civic Stadium.

4J Superintendent Sheldon Berman is expected to announce his recommendation at 4 p.m. Monday. Proposals from Fred Meyer, Eugene YMCA and The City of Eugene to purchase the property are each being considered. Eugene School district spokeswoman Kerry Delf says the School Board makes the ultimate decision February 19th.

Last (Monday) night, the Eugene 4J budget committee presented projections for next year. Although the situation has improved, the school district will have to make compromises.

The overall reaction to the early school budget forecast has been positive. Eugene 4J spokesperson Kerry Delf:

"We are looking forward to a year next year that is much less of a financial challenge than this year and some past years have been."

Jes Burns

Facing a Monday deadline with no sign of major donors in sight, the Eugene City Council Wednesday tweaked its offer to purchase Civic Stadium. Last November, the city proposed buying Civic for $4.5-million on the condition that donors stepped up with $5.5-million. At Wednesday’s work session, the council voted to remove the contingency requirement. Councilor Mike Clark expressed doubt about the school district choosing the city’s proposal. And he doesn’t think the city should over extend itself financially.

Jes Burns

The Eugene 4J School Board has eliminated an offer of $16.56 cents for the 10 acre Civic Stadium property in South Eugene. That brings the number of proposals to three. The board hopes to have a decision by mid February.

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Lane County students are enjoying winter break this week. However, due to the snowstorm in early December, schools will be in session for additional days in 2014.

According to Eugene 4J School District's Kerry Delf, before make-up days were announced, they heard this feedback from parents and staff:

Delf: "Please please please, add these days back during the school year, if you can, rather than adding them on to the end of the year while still having furlough days. So that is in fact what we did."

Lane County:
Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner has canceled his Community Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Cottage Grove Community Center

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City of Eugene:

Jes Burns

Four groups have offered to purchase Civic Stadium. The Eugene 4J School District has been looking to sell the 75-year old ball park in south Eugene for more than a decade.

Eugene 4J declared Civic Stadium surplus property in 2002. This most recent request for proposals to purchase the 10 acre site closed Tuesday. Purchase offers came from the City of Eugene, The YMCA, Fred Meyer and the non-profit Friends of Civic Stadium. 4J Spokeswoman Kerry Delf says the school board will evaluate the proposals based on the money offered and other factors.

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