First Day for New Superintendent

MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s the first day in the office for Medford’s new superintendent. Dr. Brian Shumate arrived for his first day on the job Wednesday, spending his time getting acclimated to his new post. That included an afternoon meeting with the Medford School Board to go over agenda items for the future. Shumate says … Continue reading »

School Board Stops School Transfers

MEDFORD, Ore. —  Medford schools are closing their doors to transfers in or out of the district. The school board has voted to stop new transfer requests, in the face of new state regulations. The new law says that districts are only able to set overall transfer limits and then approve requests through an impartial … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Say No to Transfers

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford schools are closing their borders to students looking to enter or leave the district. The changes are due to new state law that school board members say leaves their hands tied. New state policy as of march specifies that districts can’t in any way discriminate against transfer requests. Not only are … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Reach Union Deal

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford School District has avoided another contract battle, signing a tentative agreement with their classified employees union (OSEA Chapter 15). That union represents about 400 secretaries, maintenance personnel, food service workers, and other non-teaching staff. Superintendent Dr. Phil Long says the last negotiations between the two sides three years ago were … Continue reading »

Board Approves Kindergarten for Vibes

MEDFORD, Ore. — At Monday night’s meeting, Medford Board of Education voted 4-1 in favor of full day kindergarten to be added to the Vibes Charter School program. The board also unanimously approved 4th grade to be added as well. Up until now, Vibes only offered grades one, two, and three. Administrators say this is … Continue reading »

Vibes Vying for Kindergarten

MEDFORD, Ore. — A major expansion could be on the way for Medford’s newest charter school. On Monday, the Medford School Board will vote on an application from Vibes’ Charter School to create a full-day kindergarten program. If accepted, the kindergarten classrooms would be built in what is now the front reception and events area … Continue reading »

VIBES School Seeks Full-Day Kindergarten

MEDFORD, Ore. — A first-year charter school in Medford wants to expand and help younger students get a leg up on their education, but some school board members say they want to see more results before that can happen. VIBES Charter School, which operates inside Kids Unlimited, will ask the school board to add full-day … Continue reading »

New Medford Superintendent Announced

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District says Dr. Brian Shumate will be the next leader of the district.  He has 27 years of education experience, the previous two have been as Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. Shumate will replace Dr. Phil Long, who retires June 30th. Long served a total … Continue reading »

Superintendent Search Winding Down

MEDFORD, Ore. — There are just two candidates left in the search for a new superintendent for Medford School District. Last week, a firm out of Iowa presented the school board with 13 candidates from all over the country. The school board then chose six candidates to come back this week. After two days of … Continue reading »

Physical Education Grant Approved

MEDFORD, Ore. — Elementary schools in the Medford School District will soon be getting teachers who are certified in physical education. The Medford School Board approved a grant last night that would give the district $500,000 to fund physical education programs. Currently, regular classroom teachers teach physical education classes, but the grant will allow the … Continue reading »

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