Springfield Schools Take Furlough Days

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Many school districts are waiting on the legislature to make a decision before they finalize their own budgets. The Springfield School District announced Wednesday it will take two days off this month as it works to balance its budget. I will not hold classes on May 23 and 24. The district previously … Continue reading »

Springfield Names Teacher of the Year

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Educators and administrators gathered to honor Springfield’s teacher of the year, fifth grade elementary school teacher Nicola Shaddon. She teaches at Page Elementary School. The district says she has been very active in district technology. She regularly brings relevant and challenging science and engineering projects to her classroom. She started the school … 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 »

Oregon Special Education Enrollment Up

EUGENE, Ore. — Special education enrollment is up in the state of Oregon, but how does Lane County fare? The districts KEZI 9 News spoke with varied in numbers of enrollment. They said that you can’t group Lane County as a whole. Instead, you have to look at each district individually because they’re all different. … Continue reading »

Springfield Lights It Up Blue

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Tuesday is World Autism Awareness Day and one school district in the state promoted the national education campaign. When nighttime falls in Springfield, there’ll be some changes at the district’s schools; many of the lights will be shining blue for Light It Up Blue. Five schools in the district will shine the … Continue reading »

Fundraising Using Social Media

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Book after book line the shelves at Thurston High School’s library, but there’s one title in particular Hannah Doyle is trying to find. “I’m looking to see if they have a copy of Beloved by Toni Morrison,” she said. It’s not in fiction. We then try a reserved area for school book … Continue reading »

Students Visit UO Chemistry Department

EUGENE, Ore. — Local kids got a taste of higher education Thursday, when they met with the University of Oregon’s Chemistry Department. Students from Hamlin Middle School learned all about the chemistry of color, thanks to faculty members and grad students who volunteered their time. Visits like this are part of the university’s science education … 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 »

Springfield Lockdown a False Alarm

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A scare at Springfield schools Tuesday morning forced administrators to lock down several schools and administration buildings. Police first responded to 7th Street and Centennial Blvd., near Springfield High School, where callers claimed to have seen an armed juvenile. The school district immediately locked down Springfield High School, Hamlin Middle School, Gateway … Continue reading »

Springfield Kicks Off New School Year

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield School District kicked off the start to their school year with their annual State of the Schools Address. This year’s event ended a little differently than in years past. Springfield School District Superintendent Nancy Golden gave the annual address. Golden, who is entering her tenth year as superintendent of the … Continue reading »

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