4J Prepares for More Staff Cuts

EUGENE, Ore — Informal negotiations between 4J administrators and the Eugene Education Association came to a standstill Thursday; unless they come to an agreement soon, the district could be seeing nearly double the cuts in staff. While 4J’s budget struggles aren’t news to anyone, it didn’t lessen the sting of the announcement about potentially bigger … Continue reading »

4J Bond Supporters Kick Off Campaign

EUGENE, Ore. — Members of the Yes for 4J Schools group made their presence known Monday. Parents, teachers, administrators and community members gathered in front of Howard Elementary School in hopes of bringing greater attention and support to the district’s need to improve their schools’ infrastructure. “One of the major issues is the heaters honestly. … Continue reading »

Students Get a Taste of World Politics

EUGENE, Ore. — More than 300 Eugene area high school students stepped away from their classrooms and into the world of politics Friday. The high schoolers simulated a United Nations┬ásummit at the Eugene International Eurasian Conference. Dressed in traditional attire from around the world, the students debated world issues. Students say the conference taught them … Continue reading »

4J School Visitation Week

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District is offering more choices for students this year. For the second year, the district’s allowing out-of-district students a chance to enroll in 4J. School Visitation Week is this week, and families have the opportunity to see what 4J has to offer. 4J’s top opportunities include three language immersion … Continue reading »

4J Board to Vote on Bond Measure

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School Board will decide Wednesday night whether to add a tax measure to May’s ballot. After more than a year of discussion and public polling, 4J might soon ask the public for help with all the work that it says needs to be done. The seven board members will vote … Continue reading »

4J Considers Bond Measure

EUGENE, Ore. — Taxpayers could be looking at a third bond measure in the next year. The 4J School District has been talking about updating its facilities for more than a year now, even reaching out to the community for input. “We’ve been talking about facilities improvements for over a year now, working towards decisions … Continue reading »

4J Begins Budget Discussions

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District is projecting a massive budget shortfall. The budget committee met with administrators Monday. It projected the state of the district’s finances for the 2013-14 school year. The shortfall could be as high as $16 million. Part of the problem is a lack of state funding. “When you need … Continue reading »

Grant to Pay for Teacher Training

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — A new grant will help improve skills for teachers all across Lane County. The University of Oregon and the Eugene School District received a $450,000 stem study grant from the Oregon Department of Education. Under the two-year grant, the university and the school district will match secondary teachers across Lane County … Continue reading »

4J Aims to Increase Graduation Rates

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s new Chief Education Officer wants local school districts to step up their goals. A review of the state’s largest districts shows most only aim to improve student achievement by a percentage point a year. While some schools set their sights low, here in Eugene 4J and Springfield administrators say they’re working … Continue reading »

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