Medford School Negotiations End

MEDFORD, Ore. — People on both sides of contract discussions for Medford school staff are finally out of negotiations after a meeting that went from Wednesday morning into the overnight hours. Wednesday’s meeting between the Medford School District and Medford Education Association was the third meeting between the two sides. Dr. Phil long had said … 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 »

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 »

School Board Approves P.E. Grant

MEDFORD, Ore. — A grant for half a million dollars has been approved by the state and is ready to be used to hire physical education teachers in Medford. That grant money would only cover salary costs of the 10 teachers and not the cost of benefits. The district would have to cover those costs … Continue reading »

Medford School Enrollment Up

MEDFORD, Ore. — Enrollment in Medford schools has dramatically increased this year. So, the district is looking for new ways to handle the increase in students. Some new teachers have already been hired, and the district says it wants to work within its budget to find more. The Medford School District has increased by more … 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 »

Schools Improving Air Quality Indoors

MEDFORD, Ore. — The recent wild-land fires across southwest Oregon and northern California are pushing smoke into the area causing concern for school officials. School districts are concerned about exposing students to the smoke when it comes to outdoor activities. Before school begins in less than a month, they want to have plan to protect … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Upgrading Security

MEDFORD, Ore. – Major overhauls are coming to the layouts of several Medford schools, part of an effort to increase security and limit access to campus. Workers have been busy all summer at Hoover, Griffin Creek and Kennedy Elementary schools to close the wide-open “California-style” campuses, which consist of multiple buildings and outdoor pathways. In … Continue reading »

40% of HS Grads Not Going To College

MEDFORD, Ore. – New data from the National Student Clearinghouse reveals Medford School District, along with several other area school districts, are not meeting a state goal. Two years ago, the state of Oregon set a goal wanting to 80% of high school graduates to enroll in college.  The latest data shows only 56% of … Continue reading »

5th Graders Celebrate “The Big Idea”

MEDFORD, Ore. — 5th graders from Medford and Cave Junction are celebrating a new partnership, called “The Big Idea”. The Big Idea is a partnership between United Way of Jackson County, the Medford School District and Evergreen Elementary. They are working to create 100% high school completion for the class of 2020. “It was expected … Continue reading »

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