Education

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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.

Karen Richards

Graduate student teachers at the U of O have been in contract negotiations since late 2013. Today (Friday), the group held a "work-in" on campus to bring attention to their still un-met demands.

Fifteen hundred Graduate Teaching Fellows and Research Assistants work at the U of O. After the most recent bargaining session failed, their union, the GTFF, voted to authorize a strike. PhD student John LaRochelle has been on the bargaining team. Today he's studying quietly with 15 or 20 other students in the administration building:

Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

The Eugene YMCA is planning to expand. The idea is to have two YMCA facilities-- a new larger property at the current Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene, and another in Bethel. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert gets an update on the Y's expansion plans from Executive Director Dave Perez.

Kari Parsons

Most everyone has heard of the National Spelling Bee.  But there’s another national student competition that tests knowledge of the world we live in – specifically the geography. The National Geographic Bee begins on Monday in Washington, DC.  After regional and state competitions, each state selects a 5th to 8th grader who will test their knowledge against the country’s best.  This year, Oregon’s representative is from Eugene.  

Tor Parsons is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.   KLCC’s Jes Burns speaks with Tor and his father Craig about the coming competition.  
 

Angela Kellner

Entering Pleasant Hill from Eugene on Highway 58, drivers are greeted by a large banner hanging on the side of a parked van. It reads “No More Taxes! Vote No…Pleasant Hill School Bond.”  

Just down the road is another banner urging voters to approve the school bond measure. The community is split on the nearly $18-million dollar, 20-year bond to upgrade the elementary and high school.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber visited a preschool in Eugene Thursday. The home-based center is part of a pilot program offering support for early childhood education.

At the Friendship Preschool, each child has their own garden plot. The governor helped plant vegetables while touring the home-based facility.

Kitzhaber wants the state to invest in programs like this one.

Rachael McDonald

The UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence is continuing to put pressure on University of Oregon president Michael Gottfredson. The group wants him to apologize to the campus community for how the administration dealt with a recent alleged sexual assault.

Lane Education Service District

The Lane Education Service District is eager to get more students involved in a construction engineering technology program thanks to a grant from the state.

Lane ESD received more than $400,000 for student grants from the state of Oregon. The money will go toward the Lane County Construction Engineering Technology Program of Study. The program gets students involved in hands-on technology and gives them a taste of working in the construction and engineering field.

Eugene Arts And Technology School Receives Grant

May 10, 2014

Eugene's Arts and Technology Middle School in Churchill has been awarded nearly $700,ooo dollars from a state STEM grant. STEM refers to studies in science, technology, engineering, and math. Principal Jeffery Johnson says the purpose of the grant is to create an environment where students and teachers focus on STEM classes in a project rich atmosphere. He says they will be acquiring new tools to make that happen.

Karen Richards

After two recent bond defeats, Fern Ridge school buildings have only fallen into further disrepair. Bond proponents in Veneta and Elmira have high hopes their measure will pass in May.

The Fern Ridge School District serves a growing community of about 10 thousand people in Walton, Noti, Veneta and Elimira. The 26-million dollar bond would pay for facilities and technology. Almost half the funds would be used to replace Elmira Elementary School. Jackie Turle is the principal there. She says the 65-year old building isn't healthy for kids or staff.

Karen Richards

The Graduate Student Teaching Fellows union will meet Friday with the University of Oregon to try to find a solution in labor negotiations. The main sticking point is salary.

Lane Community College

Lane Community College is facing an expected budget deficit of $10 million to $12 million next year if student enrollment continues to decline. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with LCC President Mary Spilde to get a fuller picture.

The LCC Board of Education meets Monday April 28th at 5 p.m. to decide on proposed program cuts.

Oregon Coast STEM

The Oregon Department of Education wants to promote science, technology, engineering, and math, or "STEM" subjects. It has awarded $2.8 million to six 'learning hubs' around the state.

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub received the largest of the grants. Terry Crews is the project manager. She says Newport schools have had a partnership with marine science centers for about six years…

Crews: "With the intent of making Lincoln County School District students the most ocean-literate in the state, if not the country."

Lane Community College

Lane Community College may have to lay off part time and even full time employees if its enrollment continues to decline.

The college experienced a surge in enrollment during the recession, but that's dropped off as the economy has improved.
Lane saw a 40 percent boost in enrollment from 2008 to 2012 as people who had lost their jobs went to school for technical training. LCC president Mary Spilde says as state funding for higher education has dwindled; the college is more dependent on tuition.

Bree Bouse

Edgewood Elementary School in South Eugene is the new state champion for the Oregon Battle of the Books, or OBOB. The team includes two sisters, and their mom is one of the coaches. This is only the third year the reading club has been at Edgewood and the first time they’ve been to state finals.

Meeting Date: Friday April 11, 2014

Air Date: Monday April 14, 2014

Diversity is central to the academic mission of the university. The meaning of diversity and how to makes it meaningful in the lives of UO students, faculty, and staff are the focus of the presentation by Alex-Assensoh. The UO has long been known as a place where talent is identified and nurtured. Programs and policies instituted by the Equity and Inclusion office are designed to create a more welcoming environment for all members of the community.

Samantha Stendal

Two University of Oregon students have been awarded a Peabody for their 25 second video that addresses sexual assault. It’s the first time a viral video has been given the prize which recognizes storytelling in media.

U of O student Samantha Stendal made the video with her friend Aaron Blanton. Stendal says the idea came during media coverage of the Steubenville rape trial last year. She felt the victim was being blamed because she had been drinking.

www.mckenzie.k12.or.us

Dr. Sally J. Storm is superintendent of the 230-student McKenzie School District 40 miles east of Eugene/Springfield.  On March 31st, she was appointed superintendent of the 1,500-student Fern Ridge School District, serving  Elmira, Veneta, Noti and Walton.  Dr.  Storm will succeed  current superintendent Dennis Friedrich.  She speaks with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher

KLCC

A North Eugene High School Custodian was surprised to find out she was nominated for a national award recognizing outstanding work with students.

The Value Of A Liberal Arts Education

Mar 24, 2014

Meeting Date: Friday, March 21, 2014

Air Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

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.

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.

Jessica Robinson

Northwest parents of school-aged children have a new acronym to learn: The SBAC. That's the new standardized test that's set to replace current state math and language arts tests in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. It's billed as the “next generation” of assessment – a test that hopes to capture students' abilities with more depth than traditional standardized tests. But, some critics say the new test runs into the same old problems.

How Are Young Ducks Growing Their Own Businesses

Feb 24, 2014

Recorded on: Friday February 21, 2014

Air Date: Monday February 24, 2014

While sharing a basket of tater tots, four students in the University of Oregon’s “New Venture Planning” class decided on a ketchup project (surely they could come up with something tastier). Red Duck Foods, Inc. is the result. That’s only one of the student projects that has turned into a business in recent years. Among businesses that the UO has helped to launch, some were started by undergraduates still in school.

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.

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!!

"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:

Eugene School District 4J

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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