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 »

Medford Expands Summer School Programs

MEDFORD, Ore. – Mike Mayben grades a small stack of quizzes from his Algebra 1 class. A small handful of students sits quietly nearby, each diligently working on a series of equations. Over the next two weeks, those kids will go through a curriculum that normally spans a nine-week semester. “You’re doing three-and-a-half hour sessions,” … Continue reading »

Expansion to Overcome Low Graduation

MEDFORD, Ore.– The Medford School District is launching a major expansion to try to get more students to graduate. The district is adding 26 licensed teaching staff at its high schools for its summer school program. Currently the district has a 67-percent, on-time graduation rate. The state as a whole rated 68-percent, which is the … Continue reading »

Medford Superintendent Packs Up

MEDFORD, Ore. —  On Saturday, Medford’s former school district superintendent packed up his office. Dr. Phil Long is retiring at the end of the month. He has worked for the Medford school district for 30 years, and for the past nine years has served as superintendent. During this time, he had to deal with many … Continue reading »

Parent-Teacher Conferences May Return

MEDFORD, Ore.– The Medford School District is looking to bring back parent-teacher conferences. District Officials said the conferences were discontinued during the 2011-2012 school year because of a lack of funding. Now the three days previously lost during that time are being added back, possibly allowing for the meetings to be reinstated. Parents were encouraged … Continue reading »

Teachers Protesting New Testing

MEDFORD, Ore. – Oregon teachers are calling for an end to the state’s new standardized tests before they even reach the classroom, arguing that the system is too rigorous and sets students up for failure. Next year, Oregon will adopt the Smarter Balance Assessment, joining more than 40 other states using the Common Core standardized … Continue reading »

Howard Elementary Gets New Principal

MEDOFRD, Ore. — The Medford School District announced the next principal for Howard Elementary School, and they have matched their choice with the needs of their students. Javier Del Rio has been working in education for 17 years, and currently coordinates federal programs in the Phoenix-Talent School District. Originally from Spain, Del Rio attended both … Continue reading »

Oregon Schools Continue to Struggle

MEDFORD, Ore. – The US has reached an educational milestone with 80% of students nationwide now graduating high school. But Oregon continues to lag far behind. A recent report, compiled from 2012 Department of Education data, ranks Oregon second to last in the country with a 68% graduation rate. And Southern Oregon is even worse. … Continue reading »

Schools Look to Add Days, Conferences

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Schools may soon be adding extra days in the classroom, and could bring back parent teacher conferences. The district eliminated the conferences in 2012 in order to add instructional days. Now, the school board could add five days in the classroom for the upcoming school year, to bring the total instructional … 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 »

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