4J Students Get Late Start

EUGENE, Ore. — 4J students are among the few not returning to class this week. They don’t start going back until Tuesday, September 10th. Administrators say the late start has no connection with the budget. They say the change is about balancing the number of days in each trimester, aligning the calendars with the higher … Continue reading »

Two Days Added To Bethel School Schedule

BETHEL, Ore. — The Bethel School District added two new days to its calendar. A district spokesperson says the school board restored two days to the school year that were designated as budget reduction days. Those dates are September 27 and June 13. The additions are directly linked to the reduced costs for the Oregon … Continue reading »

Clothes Closet Gives Back to Families

EUGENE, Ore. — For 25 years the Bethesda Lutheran Church has been helping families in need. On Wednesday, members of the congregation began collecting clothes from Bethel District Schools for their annual “shopping” event in August. Volunteers go to the schools and pick up clothes from the lost and found, wash them and then re-distribute … Continue reading »

2012 Graduation Rates Rise Slightly

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s four-year graduation rate for 2012 was 68.4 percent, up slightly from 2011, when the rate was 67.6 percent, according to the Oregon Department of Education. In an effort to assess progress toward a lofty education goal in 2025–a 100-percent graduation rate–the ODE tracks graduation rates as well as dropout rates. Perhaps … Continue reading »

Willamette High School Gets Makeover

EUGENE, Ore. — Willamette High School was the site of a few improvements Monday. People gathered at the campus to help improve it inside and outside. The efforts were part of the Bethel Education Foundation Willamette PrideĀ group. Organizers say it’s a great way to get students more involved in their community. “I think that it … Continue reading »

Bethel Approves Bid Process

EUGENE, Ore. — The Bethel School District took the first step in securing some much needed upgrades. The school board approved the request for proposal process Monday night. It essentially allows architects and construction companies to come up with bids to build two new elementary schools and a new science wing at Willamette High School. … Continue reading »

Bethel Schools to See Improvements

EUGENE, Ore. — The cheers are still resonating throughout the Bethel School District, as it starts to plan for the millions of dollars it will see from the approved school bond. It won’t start to see the funds until January, but now that it knows it’s getting them, it’s going to get the ball rolling … Continue reading »

Residents Vote to Support Bethel Schools

EUGENE, Ore. — If anything’s crystal clear, it’s that voters in the Bethel area support their schools. Measure 20-209, a bond measure aimed at fixing up the district’s schools and buying new textbooks, passed handily. Supporters knocked on about 5,000 doors campaigning for the issue and, apparently, won voters over. “This is a community effort. … Continue reading »

Bond Measure to Improve Bethel Schools

EUGENE, Ore. — Local bond Measure 20-209 aims to fix up schools in the Bethel District with a $49.5 million bond. Clear Lake Elementary School is one of 11 different schools in the district that administrators and staff say desperately need makeovers. The school, built in the 1950s, looks dated from the outside, has non-working … Continue reading »

Kindergartners Screened for Preparedness

EUGENE, Ore. — Starting next school year, every child entering kindergarten in Oregon will be tested on basic reading, math and even behavioral skills. A local school is already the pilot program for the tests. Fairfield Elementary in the Bethel School District is the only one in the area participating. School administrators say they’re honored … Continue reading »

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