School Summer Construction Begins

EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The classrooms throughout Eugene and Springfield might be empty, but it’s anything but quiet at school districts in the area. Administrators say now that kids have gone home for summer, construction projects can begin. Work is happening at all the school districts and there are some major projects set to take place … Continue reading »

YMCA Reacts to 4J Land Decision

EUGENE, Ore. — The YMCA in Eugene is one step closer to finding a new home. The 4J School District approved a motion Wednesday night to set aside up to seven acres for the group to eventually buy, near Roosevelt Middle School. The decision came a few months after the YMCA lost out on purchasing the … Continue reading »

4J District Removes Osprey Nest

EUGENE, Ore. — Eighty five feet about the track at Madison Middle School two osprey decided to build a nest. “If they decided a location is good for their nest they will just be very determined. They will be persistent and try over and over and over again,” said Louise Shimmel, Executive Director of the … Continue reading »

Parents Push for Educational Change

EUGENE, Ore. — Some Eugene parents banded together Wednesday night for the good of their children. Using the documentary film “Race to Nowhere”, organizers are encouraging parents to take part in an important conversation and more importantly, focus the passion they all have for their kids to succeed to make change. This documentary film is … Continue reading »

4J Distributes New MacBooks

EUGENE, Ore. — 4J students are starting to see the recently passed bond money at work. Though the measure went through almost a year ago and the fancy new Mac Airbooks were bought back in January, the district is just now distributing the carts of 36 laptops. Administrators and teachers say the additions go a … Continue reading »

4J District Negotiates With Union

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District is negotiating contracts with its classified employees. It held a bargaining session with representatives for the employment groups Monday afternoon. The district said it’s working to figure out pay and the wording of the contracts for all of its classified employees. “These are representatives for our custodians, food … Continue reading »

4J Hires Lawyer for Contract Negotiation

EUGENE, Ore. — The Portland and Medford School Districts are on the verge of a strike and some Eugene parents are wondering if this is a window into their future. Those concerns stem in part from the 4J School District’s recent hiring of the same attorney involved in negotiations in Medford. The district cited a … Continue reading »

4J District Holds School Choice Event

EUGENE, Ore. — Parents in the 4J school district are figuring out what schools to send their kids to next year. Saturday morning the district held a school choice event where parents could meet with representatives from all of the schools in the district. The district said each neighborhood has a school, but kids are … Continue reading »

Schools Add Days Due to Snowstorm

EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Public Schools is adding days to the calendar to compensate for all those snow days, the district announced Thursday. Jan. 6, originally a furlough day, is now a normal school day for middle school and high school. Elementary students a grading day, so they have it off. The district also added … Continue reading »

Students Back in School After Snow Days

EUGENE, Ore. — Friday was the first and last day of the school week for kids in Eugene and Springfield. 4J students haven’t had class since last Thursday, and Friday many told KEZI 9 News they were relieved to be back in school. Elementary school kids said they had a lot of fun during their … Continue reading »

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