Eugene 4J School Board

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The Eugene 4J school board will vote Wednesday whether to renew their contract with the Eugene Police Department for another year. Over the past few days, many local Black Lives Matter protesters have said they support the removal of school resource officers (SROs).

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Eugene 4J school board members are supporting an Oregon senate bill that addresses a state testing policy. The bill would remove certain testing requirements and graduation barriers.

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The Eugene 4J school board has a vacancy since Evangelina Sundgrenz departed last month. A board member who recently lost re-election is seeking appointment to the seat.

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Despite a teacher walkout closing schools Wednesday, the Eugene 4J district will still provide meals for students.

From the City Club of Eugene:

On May 21, Eugene voters in School District 4j will choose between two incumbent board members and two new candidates.  Jim Torrey and Martina Shabram are competing for position 5; Mary Walston and Deanna Chappell Belcher are competing for position 7.  In Eugene, all voters get to cast a ballot for all positions.

Position 5:

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The Eugene 4J school board Wednesday voted to change its food service operations. The district will not renew its contract with Sodexo, they'll manage it in-house effective July 1st.

Due to last week’s snowstorm, students here in Eugene will be in school until June 18.


The “Yes for 4J Schools” citizen committee kicked off a $319 million bond campaign today -- the largest bond in Lane County history. The size of the bond reflects immensely increased costs since 2013.

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Hear an extended interview with Tyler Whitmire, field representative for the Oregon School Employees Association who negotiated a labor contract for Eugene 4J classified employees. The agreement was ratified by classified employees on Tuesday, Sept 4 and approved by the 4J Board of Education on Wednesday (09/05/18) night.

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Wednesday night, the Eugene 4-J School Board finalized a contract agreement with the classified employee’s union.

The Eugene 4J School Board says they’re not going to arm teachers. Despite the Trump Administration’s call to do so. Board members discussed a draft resolution on school safety at their Wednesday meeting.

With a potential Eugene 4J school bond on November’s ballot, board members aim to make a decision regarding the budget by May. They hope to incorporate ideas from the community during 6 forums. KLCC’s Briana Friden went to one of them at Cal Young Middle school.

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Unofficial results from Lane County show clear winners in the May Special Election. Voter turnout was low, with 25% of eligible voters returning ballots as of 5:30 pm today.

In the race for Position 2 on the Eugene 4J School Board, Anne Marie Levis is the projected winner with just under 65% of the vote over her competitor Maya Rabassa with about 34%.

In the race for Postion 3 on the board, Judy Newman looks to be the winner with nearly 54% of the vote. Jerry Rosiek took in just over 30% of the vote with Mary Leighton receiving almost 15%.

Recorded on: April 14, 2017

Air Date: April 17, 2017