H.S. Sports to Continue if Strike Occurs

MEDFORD, Ore. — If the strike moves forward, it will be business as usual for high school athletics in the Medford School District. Right now, basketball, swimming and wrestling teams at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman level can follow the calendar as planned. Secondary Education Director Todd Bloomquist says there are only five coaches … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Weigh In on Possible Strike

Senator Alan Bates, Rep. Sal Esquivel and Rep. Peter Buckley released a joint statement on Thursday regarding the ongoing conflict between the Medford School District and Medford Education Association: We are asking both the Medford School District and the Medford Teachers Association to return to negotiations on Friday, and to continue to work until they … Continue reading »

District Plans for Potential Strike

MEDFORD Ore. — A regular, public school board meeting went on for about ten minutes at the school district office Wednesday morning. Afterward, an executive session was called after the board declared a state of emergency, and district officials are bracing — deal or no deal. “We’ve been staffing up, we are putting together a … Continue reading »

A State Of Emergency for Medford Schools

MEDFORD, Ore.- The Medford School District is declaring a state of emergency in response to a possible strike by the teachers union. Superintendent released a statement today saying the emergency resolutions allow the school to authorize procedures to ensure school will continue to operate. It also prohibits picketing on school property or at any entry … Continue reading »

Student Writes Letter To Superintendent

MEDFORD, Ore. — The talks of a potential strike has some of the most impacted people speaking out–the students. Abraham Lincoln Elementary School fourth grader Colette Henry loves going to school and has only missed two days in the past four years. She said some of her classmates are excited for a strike, thinking it … Continue reading »

District Prepares for Potential Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School Board met for an executive session Monday night while members of the Medford Education Association and other community supporters lined the sidewalk in support of the teachers. The mandatory ten day notice of a strike has been given to the district and should an agreement not be reached by … Continue reading »

Medford Teacher Strike Vote Expected

MEDFORD, Ore. – After months and months of negotiations, Medford School District teachers may finally decide whether they want to strike. Regardless of the outcome, it doesn’t necessarily mean a strike will happen. The meeting tonight is focused on getting the large majority opinion from the MEA members. The vote will show how many union … Continue reading »

Teacher Contract Negotiations Continue

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District and the union is in negotiations to come up with a contract. Both sides are meeting on Friday. This comes just a couple days after a somewhat successful meeting. Earlier this week, the two sides did make progress on a contract. District officials and the teacher’s union met … Continue reading »

Rogue Valley Schools Seek Tech Ed Grants

MEDFORD, Ore. — School districts across the state will be getting more money to give students hands on training in science, engineering, and math. But Southern Oregon schools won’t be seeing that additional money yet. The Oregon Department of Education and Bureau of Labor and Industry gave out more than $8 million in grants to … Continue reading »

Food Donated to Kids in Need

MEDFORD, Ore. — Students in the Medford School District will be on winter break starting next week. One local church and volunteers have teamed up to make sure students at one elementary school won’t go hungry while away from the classroom. Volunteers have gathered at the First Church of the Nazareen in Medford to put … Continue reading »

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