Oregon Schools Buying Local Food

Jackson County, Ore. — Oregon schools are leading the nation in percentage of the food budget spent on local foods. Results from the first ever USDA farm to school census showed that Oregon schools are directing about 24 percent of their food budgets to purchase local food. In the Rogue Valley, several school districts buy … 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 »

Mediation to Begin for Medford Schools

MEDFORD, Ore. —  For teachers in the Medford School District, the new school year started without a new contract. Mediation sessions between the Medford School District and Medford Education Association begin Tuesday and a rally is planned to show support for the teachers. “Our goal, by this rally, is to show that we’re united and … 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 »

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 »