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 »

Willagillespie Celebrates New Garden

EUGENE, Ore. — What better day than Earth Day to open a garden? That’s what some local elementary school students did. The garden at Willagillespie Elementary includes raspberries, lettuce, peas, garlic and much more. Students celebrated its completion by running through a balloon arch and singing. School administrators say volunteers and more than four years … Continue reading »

4J Feels Effects of Shrunken Art Program

EUGENE, Ore. — 4J administrators say in the past 20 years they cut their art departments in half. Staff, students and the local community are coping with that change. Those KEZI 9 News spoke to said they were disappointed to see how much that part of our education has changed. And while they understand the … Continue reading »

New Science and Tech Studio at Churchill

EUGENE, Ore. — Churchill High School unveiled a brand new addition Tuesday called the STEM Studio. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math–representing all the types of classes held in the new studio. The building is intended to help develop the sciences and math programs at the Eugene high school. And the principal says … Continue reading »

Churchill Models Common Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. — There seems to be a growing division at 4J. Students, teachers and staff are concerned about the new high school common schedule. While the district is planning to move all of the schools onto the same schedule this fall, one school has already made the transition. When the bell rings at Churchill … Continue reading »

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