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Old 03-25-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Utah
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Hey all, I'm applying for a job in the Lane County school district and was just wondering what people thought of the schools in this area.

I'm from New England, but I've always wanted to live in the Eugene area...as an avid runner and outdoorsman and someone endeared to the whole 'liberal hippie' thing it seems like such a natural fit for me!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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Lane County is pretty big. Do you mean the Eugene 4J school District?
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Utah
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nah, it's for the whole county, including Eugene 4J. Looks like it's mainly centered around the Eugene vicinity though.
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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Our kids go to 4J schools. We know Cal Young Middle School and Gilham Elementary school. I'm an active volunteer and feel that I know the schools pretty well. We've also lived in other states (CA, TX, and WA) and so I have experienced the differences between these Eugene schools and public schools in those other areas. (We've always made an effort to live in the neighborhoods which have the better public schools.)

Anyway - from our experience... Let me get the bad out of the way first: I feel that the classes are too big, the math curriculum sucks big-time, and it upsets me that they allow adults with a criminal history to be a teacher. (There's a teacher at Gilham who is mentally unstable and has been convicted on misdemeanor offenses - the school says since they are only "lesser offenses" she may still teach. She's fine as long as she's on her meds, but when she changes her meds or goes off of them she uses inappropriate language around the students and can be very mean and abrasive and is extremely short-tempered. She's also absent quite a bit due to reactions to meds. Parents were VERY upset about this, and voiced their opinion loud and clear, but the principal couldn't (or wouldn't?) do anything about it. Many parents changed schools when they found out their kid was placed in her class. Some turned to homeschooling. And what's interesting to note is that they seemed to put all the low-income kids, single-parent family kids, new to the school students, and students whose parents just are not involved or choose to be clueless in her class. It's fishy, to say the least.)

OK... so now the GOOD: My kids love their schools and they have always had excellent teachers (We've been lucky!). The reading program is very strong. There is a strong sense of community and supporting the students and just a positive feeling of caring. They are very strongly anti-bully and have programs set in place to teach kids proper behavior and deal with bullying-type situations swiftly and respectfully. They have kept programs in place such as music, art, and PE which a lot of other schools have had to cut due to budget problems. They also have language immersion programs in the schools - Gilham has Japanese, for example, even though it's not one of the immersion schools. (Eugene has three language immersion school - French, Japanese, and Spanish.) They have special needs kids in the classrooms which has been great for my kids because they've grown up learning that people who are different from them physically or mentally are people, too, and deserve our attention and respect just the same as everyone else who are lucky enough not to have those daily challenges. They encourage parent involvement which is wonderful! We have also had some amazing field trips. The schools also seem to understand the importance of having technology in the classrooms. There's lots of opportunity for the kids to learn about computers and how to use the latest gadgets, etc, but in a safe and educational and productive way.

If you have any specific questions, I can try to answer them for you.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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ESD is a service district providing services that the schools only need on an occasional basis. My brother has worked for the on and off for 40 years or more. He is back there now.

I know this is an old post, but the question was never really answered. Oregon supports all it's schools equally. Most are about the same and all are in finacial trouble with some leaving the ESD's.
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