Students Rehearse for Shakespeare Play

MEDFORD, Ore. — For the 12th straight year, students at Orchard Hill Elementary are preparing to put on their own Shakespeare festival. On Wednesday, 5th graders practiced for their version of the Comedy of Errors. The director says he picks the play based on what is happening at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival that year. The … Continue reading »

Alarms Installed in Medford Schools

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford schools are taking new steps and using new technology to help police respond faster during an emergency. It’s an effort that began shortly after the Sandy Hook Shooting in 2012. For the past few months, Medford schools have been installing police alarms. With one push of a button, they inform police … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: MEA and District Meet

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hundreds of teachers crowded a Medford intersection on Thursday, still drawing attention to their cause, while bargaining teams continue to inch toward progress. Both sides are keeping tight-lipped about what’s happened inside the Rogue Regency. “Both teams decided to not put information about actual bargaining out into the public, so we have … Continue reading »

H.S. Sports to Continue if Strike Occurs

MEDFORD, Ore. — If the strike moves forward, it will be business as usual for high school athletics in the Medford School District. Right now, basketball, swimming and wrestling teams at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman level can follow the calendar as planned. Secondary Education Director Todd Bloomquist says there are only five coaches … Continue reading »

Medford Teacher Strike Vote Expected

MEDFORD, Ore. – After months and months of negotiations, Medford School District teachers may finally decide whether they want to strike. Regardless of the outcome, it doesn’t necessarily mean a strike will happen. The meeting tonight is focused on getting the large majority opinion from the MEA members. The vote will show how many union … Continue reading »

Teacher Contract Negotiations Continue

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District and the union is in negotiations to come up with a contract. Both sides are meeting on Friday. This comes just a couple days after a somewhat successful meeting. Earlier this week, the two sides did make progress on a contract. District officials and the teacher’s union met … Continue reading »

Teachers Say Strike Very Likely

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District has taken the next step in the long contract negotiations with teachers. On Friday, the school board voted unanimously to put their final offer into effect starting next week, but teachers still haven’t signed it, and the Medford Education Association President says she’d sooner go on strike than … Continue reading »

School Closures & Delays for Monday

The following schools and districts will be closed or delayed for Monday, December 9th. CLOSED: Abdill Career College Ashland School District Blossom Hill Child Development Center Brighton Academy in Grants Pass Butte Falls School District Cascade Christian High School Central Point School District DESD Child Development Services Grace Christian School Glendale School District Grants Pass … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Open on Friday

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District says it’s planning to open at regular times on Friday. Medford School District is watching the weather conditions. The final decision on school closures happens around 4:30 in the morning. The superintendent and transportation manager will drive the roads and then decide if there should be late start, … Continue reading »

MEA Files Complaint

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford teachers are already in the middle of intense contract negotiations, and now the Medford Education Association is filing an unfair labor practices complaint against the district. The MEA says the school district is breaking promises it made to teachers back in 2011 to restore concessions made by teachers, and to add … Continue reading »

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