Jim Torrey

Eugene 4J has a new superintendent… almost. Now that the school board has formally offered Dr. Gustavo Balderas the job-- all they’re waiting for is his signature. And that is expected soon.

Eugene school board chair Jim Torrey says Balderas is a genuine and accessible manager. And he comes with a compelling life story.

Torrey: “His parents were migrant workers. He was actually born in the state of Washington, lived there a couple months, then his family moved over to Nyssa, Oregon. And he didn’t speak English until he started grade school.”

4J School District

As students head back to class in Oregon this week, education leaders are anticipating continued funding challenges while academic requirements get more and more stringent.

Former Eugene Mayor Jim Torrey has served on the 4J School board for 8 years. And is chair of the board this year. He took his granddaughter to school for freshman orientation.

Torrey: "As we were driving to school, I said, well are you all ready to go to high school? And she said, boy, I'm really nervous. And I said, well, you should be. But hopefully, this will be a great experience."

Eugene 4J

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.

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.