4J Selects Architects For New Schools

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene School Board awarded contracts Wednesday night for the district’s new school design projects. The board affirmed committee work for 3 separate projects in response to the passing of a school bond levy. Pivot Architecture and Portland based Dowa will design the new Howard and River Road Elementary Schools. Rowell Brokaw … Continue reading »

4J Parents React to Shorter Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. — When Ashley Jorgensen lived in California, her son went to school 186 days out of the year. In Eugene, he’ll only be in the classroom for 165 days. “I just couldn’t believe it,” says Jorgenson. “Twenty-one days is a huge difference.” The 4J School District’s new budget left it with a choice: … Continue reading »

4J, Union Reach Tentative Agreement

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District has tentatively reached a deal regarding district contracts. The agreements include nine unpaid furlough days and salary increases halfway through the next contract year. The district says the negotiations also allow room to rehire employees and even lower class sizes. “We’re very glad we’ve reached an agreement,” said … Continue reading »

Eugene Students Protest Lunch Option

EUGENE, Ore. — A group of 4J School District children and their parents demanded better food choices in their school cafeteria Wednesday. Parents and students gathered early outside Edison Elementary just before school started to voice their distaste for a recent decision to stop a local company from delivering lunches to the kids. The kids … Continue reading »

4J School Contract Negotiations Continue

EUGENE, Ore. — Negotiations continue Tuesday for a new collective bargaining agreement between the 4J School District and the Eugene Educators Association. The current contract between the two expires at the end of this month, and with large budget cuts looming, both sides are hoping for a new contract as soon as possible. The meeting … Continue reading »

Teachers Union Asks for 1% Raise

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J teachers union is asking for a 1-percent raise from the district in its new contract. The teachers union presented its first proposal Tuesday evening. The union says as class sizes have grown and staff size has declined over the years, teachers are working harder and taking home less. The union … Continue reading »

School Mural Entered in Contest

EUGENE, Ore. — A local elementary school is working around the 4J’s budget woes in a very creative way. First, second and third graders at Adams Elementary hope to win a $10,000 prize from a national American Girl contest for the mural. The organizing teacher says creating it took more than art. Students had to … Continue reading »

4J Parents Protest Common Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. — Parents are taking on the 4J School District. They want it to reconsider the high school common schedule. While schools have spent the last year prepping for the big change come next fall, the group of parents is hoping to get the district to change its mind now. In some schools students … Continue reading »

School Districts Negotiate Contracts

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District and the teachers union formally moved forward with contract negotiations Tuesday night. The current contract expires June 30. Administrators have recently said they may have to cut up to 70 positions if they can’t settle on a new contract with the Eugene Education Association, which represents the equivalent … Continue reading »

4J Bond Supporters Canvas For Support

EUGENE, Ore. — Parents, teachers, grandparents and kids hit the pavement Saturday to raise awareness about the 4J bond measure on the May ballot. The supporters of the bond measure walked door to door in a North Eugene neighborhood, explaining what the bond measure would do if it was passed. Supporters say they chose to … Continue reading »

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