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 »

Medford Schools Get $500,000 P.E. Grant

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District is receiving a $500,000 elementary physical education grant. However, the grant still has to be approved by the Medford School Board. Currently, only 10 of the 14 elementary schools qualify for the grant. Qualifying schools must have more than 40 percent of their enrolled students on free or … Continue reading »

Medford Superintendent to Step Down

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford Schools Superintendent Phil Long will leave his position when his contract expires June 30, 2014. Long informed the school board of his decision in a letter sent this weekend. Long had been superintendent since 2005 and has served in the school district for 30 years. “I think we accomplished a lot … Continue reading »

Medford School Board Elections

MEDFORD, Ore. — Candidates were vying for three positions on the Medford School Board for the Special Election. Initial results show Larry Nicholson leading for Position 1, and incumbents Jeff Thomas and Tricia Prendergast leading for Positions 2 and 3. Medford’s superintendent, Phil Long, says the elections show the community is still invested in the … Continue reading »

Kids Unlimited Charter School

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School Board has voted to support Kids Unlimited’s proposed charter school, but first some physical changes need to happen before the school opens. Kids Unlimited Executive Director Tom Cole said there were questions about its current facility on Riverside Avenue. He says he wants to make changes to better define … Continue reading »

School Board Hears Charter School Pitch

MEDFORD, Ore. – Officials with Medford’s Kids Unlimited presented their plans to create a new charter school during a Medford School Board meeting Monday night. Executive Director Tom Cole and several Kids Unlimited board members spoke to school board members during a public forum, asking them to approve the proposed “Vibes” charter school, which would … Continue reading »

Local Charter Schools Renewed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two charter schools in the area are being renewed after a near-unanimous vote of approval by the Medford School Board. The vote Monday extended the charter of Logos school for three years, and Madrone Trail School by five years. The two schools have combined to add roughly 900 students to the district’s … Continue reading »