Medford Schools Reach Union Deal

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford School District has avoided another contract battle, signing a tentative agreement with their classified employees union (OSEA Chapter 15). That union represents about 400 secretaries, maintenance personnel, food service workers, and other non-teaching staff. Superintendent Dr. Phil Long says the last negotiations between the two sides three years ago were … Continue reading »

New Medford Superintendent Announced

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District says Dr. Brian Shumate will be the next leader of the district.  He has 27 years of education experience, the previous two have been as Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. Shumate will replace Dr. Phil Long, who retires June 30th. Long served a total … Continue reading »

Superintendent Search to Move Quickly

MEDFORD, Ore. — While Medford students are enjoying the second week of spring break, Tuesday the school board will begin reviewing applicants for their superintendent search. Current superintendent, Dr. Phil Long, will retire at the end of June. To assist in the search, an agency out of Iowa that specializes in hiring superintendents has been … 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 »

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 »