JCSD9 Gets Weapons Recommendations

EAGLE POINT, Ore.– After a year of collaboration, Jackson County School District 9 in Eagle Point finally has a recommendation from its safety weapons committee. The committee decided against recommending armed staff and teachers, but came up with several other options. Single point entries, cameras, and panic buttons were among some of those recommendations. Administrators … Continue reading »

Substitute Explains Decision to Teach

MEDFORD, Ore. — Substitutes have been brought in from all over the state and went through orientation this weekend to prepare for students to return Tuesday. NewsWatch 12 was able to sit down with one of the substitutes hired by the Medford School District during the strike, but due to security and safety concerns, she … Continue reading »

Parents Awaiting Details on Strike Plans

MEDFORD, Ore. — If a strike goes into effect, about half of Medford’s schools will be closed and the ones that remain open will run two shifts — a morning and afternoon session. Which schools would close and how bus routes would run have not yet been released, which has some parents waiting to find … Continue reading »

Committee No-shows Postpone Meeting

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — There was a packed agenda, but not a packed house Thursday night at the Weapon Safety Committee Meeting for School District 9. For months, the group has been meeting to talk about ways to improve school safety, including the possibility of arming school staff. Empty seats and missing committee members led … 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 »

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 »

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 »