Oak Grove Students Get A Jump On Debate

MEDFORD, Ore. —  Students at Oak Grove Elementary school are doing their research and bringing arguments to the table for a new debate team. Fifth graders at the school are already hosting debates in their classroom. The class is debating on a wide range of topics, but the most recent was about whales being held … Continue reading »

Charter Schools Seeing Rapid Growth

MEDFORD, Ore. — The high demand for charter schools in southern Oregon has enrollment going up, and some schools are now looking to expand. All three of Medford’s charter schools have seen a higher number of students over the past few years. Monday night, the Medford School Board voted 4 to 1 to allow Vibes … Continue reading »

No Post-Grad Parties Planned for Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – Some parents hope to gather support for an all-night party for graduating high school students, after years without that safe option. Both North and South Medford High Schools have gone without senior all-night sober parties for the past few years. The events were previously organized by parents to provide an alcohol-free event … Continue reading »

Medford School Budget to Add Days, Staff

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Schools expect to add school days, staff, and even bring back parent-teacher conferences in its latest budget plan. Superintendent Phil Long presented the budget to the school board Tuesday night. The plan shows $113 million of revenue, which will allow the district to hire 50 full-time positions, and add five instructional … Continue reading »

Teachers Plan to Picket Meeting-Updated

MEDFORD, Ore. — UPDATE – According to the Medford School District online calendar, Monday’s School Board meeting has been cancelled. Teachers are planning a picket of the Medford School District executive session on Monday, January 27, 2014 at Central High School, according to a press release from the Medford Education Association (MEA). Officials say this will … Continue reading »

Teachers Plan Strike for Next Week

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford teachers are planning a strike for next week. The Medford Education Association (MEA) will be sending the district the official ten-day notice on Monday. In the notice of intent to strike, the MEA included the following statement, “The Association is urging the Medford School Board to avoid the need for a … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Back in Session

MEDFORD, Ore. — Many school districts were still closed Wednesday because of the icy roads, but school was back in session for Medford, and classes only saw a slight drop off in attendance. Superintendent Phil Long said Medford schools saw a six percent drop in the number of students in class compared to last Wednesday. … 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 »

Schools Begin Summer Lunch Programs

MEDFORD, Ore. – As school ends, it means many families have difficulty feeding their children over the summer. Now, local and national efforts want to make sure no child goes hungry in the summer months. Schools, community groups, and faith services have begun offering summer lunch programs to children. Medford began its programs Tuesday, and … Continue reading »

Enrollment Could Affect Teacher Hiring

MEDFORD, Ore., – As teachers begin preparing their classrooms for the upcoming school year, officials say there’s a chance new teachers could be joining them soon. According to the Medford School District, the number of elementary school students who show up to class in the first few weeks of the year will determine whether additional … Continue reading »