Some parents concerned over future of Japanese immersion school

“We have strong concerns that we're not able to grow and accept all the students applying to our immersion program," said Rita Gillihan.

Posted: May 16, 2018 7:30 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2018 2:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The 4J School Board is looking at approving an update to its long-range facilities plan that would replace, renovate and repair its aging school buildings.

One of the items on the plan is replacing North Eugene High School.

Some parents are concerned about the future of Yujin Gakuen, the local Japanese immersion school that's located near that campus. It’s located inside of Silver Lee Elementary. 

Construction on North Eugene High would displace both programs located there.

4J Spokesperson Kerry Delf said Yujin Gakuen would be re-located to Kelly Middle School, making it a kindergarten thru 8th grade program at that site, but some parents feel that their program needs more space.

“The school district is saying they want to shoehorn us into Kelly Middle School which will be even a tighter fit,” said Rita Gillihan. “We have strong concerns that we're not able to grow and accept all the students applying to our immersion program.”

Delf said any renovations are still a ways off. The plan has to be approved and voters would have to pass a bond measure this fall.

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