Dr. Shumate Visits All 19 Schools

MEDFORD, Ore. — The new Medford superintendent is spending a day in each of the 19 Medford schools, as part of an effort to familiarize himself with the district. On Tuesday, Dr. Brian Shumate took a tour of Hedrick Middle School, talked to students, and met teachers.  This is the fourth school visit for Shumate … Continue reading »

Schools Monitor Air Quality Index Daily

MEDFORD, Ore. — With wildfire smoke in the air, school administrators said they will not hesitate to enforce restrictions that keep kids inside. The Medford School District checks the air quality index three times a day with a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representative. Then the district sends out e-mails to all of the schools in case of extra precautions. … Continue reading »

Schools Target Parent Involvement

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford schools have been in session for about a week, and the new superintendent has put emphasis on children finding their place in school. Dr. Brian Shumate also says every parent should have a place as well. In an open letter to parents from Shumate, he said, “It’s all part of our … Continue reading »

Medford Superintendent’s First Day

MEDFORD, Ore. —  Tuesday marked the first day of school for hundreds of kids in the Rogue Valley.  It was also Dr. Brian Shumate’s first official day as superintendent of the Medford School District. He spent the day visiting several local schools, where he was meeting teachers, principals, and students.   Shumate said he plans on paying visits … Continue reading »

More Than 100 School District Hires

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District is gearing up for the first day of school, with more than 100 new employees. One of those is the new District Superintendent, Doctor Brian Shumate. He says there are about 120 new employees, and about 68 are new teachers. After the teacher strike left some parents and … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Consider Land Donation

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford School District may be getting a bit of assistance as it looks to build a new school. The co-owners of a 20-acre property near Crater Lake and Vilas have expressed a desire to donate it to the district. That property could become the location of a new, non-charter elementary or … Continue reading »

Migrant Summer School Skyrockets in Size

MEDFORD, Ore. – While many kids are out enjoying their free time, Ernesto Hernandez is hard at work, flipping through theology notes with about 15 other students in history class. He says he’s grown used to the hard work since arriving from Mexico three years ago with barely a word of English to his vocabulary. … Continue reading »

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 »

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 Superintendent Retires

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford School District will be welcoming Dr. Brian Shumate as the a new superintendent. This comes after Dr. Phil Long fulfilled his final duties on Monday night before his retirement. Dr. Long sat in for the last night at the Medford School Board meeting. He worked 30 years with the Medford School District, … Continue reading »

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