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4J Educator Named Oregon’s Top Teacher

Churchill High School teacher is Oregon Teacher of the Year

One of Eugene School District 4J’s outstanding educators has won the highest teaching recognition in the state: Keri Pilgrim Ricker, health sciences teacher at Churchill High School, is the 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year.

Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Colt Gill came to Eugene to announce the award in a surprise assembly at Churchill High School on Tuesday, September 18.

“Education gives our students the ability to create their own futures, and we need to give students the tools to match their determination and hard work,” said Governor Kate Brown. “More time with great teachers, like Keri, is key to helping every student make the connection between classroom and career, and graduate high school with a plan for their future and the skills to make it a reality.”

“The need for career-connected experiences for students in Oregon cannot be overstated,” Colt Gill said. “The relevance and rigor of content demonstrated in Keri’s classroom is a model of excellence for CTE in Oregon and I look forward to Keri spreading that message across the state as Oregon’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.”

Ms. Ricker coordinates and teaches health sciences in Churchill’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Health Services Pathway. With a background in biology, ecology and animal science, Ms. Ricker guides her students through a customized curriculum rooted in inquiry and real-world application. She believes that collaboration is essential for educational transformation.

“I believe education to be a partnership formed between students, educators and the community,” said Ms. Ricker. “We all must take a seat at the table and support one another in meaningful ways to create a sustainable, holistic and dynamic educational model.”

As for herself and the many other talented teachers in our district and our state, Keri told the students at the assembly, “We wake up every morning and do this hard work because we want you to be successful and be your best selves, even when it’s hard.”

Last spring, Ms. Ricker was selected as Oregon’s 2019 Regional Teacher of the Year for the South Valley region, which put her in the running for the state Teacher of the Year award.

As the 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year, Ms. Ricker will serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers. She will attend the Washington Recognition Week for Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. this spring, where she will meet the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education.

In the News:
Eugene District Educator Named Oregon Teacher of the Year (Register-Guard)
And the Oregon Teacher of the Year Is … Here in Eugene! (KVAL)
Eugene Educator Named Oregon Teacher of the Year (KMTR)
Eugene Teacher Named Oregon Teacher of the Year (KEZI)
2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year Honored at Churchill High (KLCC)
Eugene Educator Named Oregon’s Teacher of the Year; Will Meet President (KXL)
Eugene Health Careers Teacher Named Oregon Teacher of the Year (Oregonian)
Eugene High School Teacher Named Oregon Teacher of the Year (Seattle Times)
Eugene Educator Named 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year (Oregon Department of Education)



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School Bond Measure on November 6 Ballot

Bond measure would fund improvements for every 4J school if approved by voters

Measure 20–297, the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot, would repair schools, improve security, update technology and learning materials, support career education, address overcrowding and replace three aging school buildings.

If the bond measure passes, it would:

  • Fund improvements at all Eugene School District 4J schools
  • Replace aging buildings that are worn and have high energy and maintenance costs
  • Make repairs and updates to schools that are more than 50 years old
  • Reduce operating costs through improved energy efficiency
  • Provide better learning environments for students
  • Support effective teaching and learning with updated classroom materials
  • Improve student safety, security and equity across the district

What would the bond measure fund? 

If the bond measure is passed, it would pay to:

Support teaching and learning for every student
Boost career technical education at high schools
Provide current technology for 21st century classrooms and schools
Update learning materials such as language arts and social studies

Improve student safety and make schools more secure
Control access to schools with secure entryways and other safety improvements
Construct new schools to withstand earthquakes and support disaster recovery
Replace oldest school buses and improve safe walk and bike routes to school

Make schools more healthy, accessible and equitable
Provide equitable athletic facilities for girls and boys
Improve accessibility for people with disabilities
Replace old pipes to reduce lead
Upgrade kitchen facilities to improve school food service
Enhance special education facilities and equipment

Add capacity and relieve school overcrowding
Complete planned expansion of Gilham Elementary School
Provide more capacity at new elementary schools
Renovate space to relocate growing programs

Replace three school buildings
North Eugene High School (1957)
Edison Elementary School (1926)
Camas Ridge Elementary School (1949)

Maintain and repair schools
Repair and replace roofs and building systems
Make school repairs and improvements
Improve energy efficiency

Could bond money pay for teachers instead of buildings and books?

No. By law, when voters pass a capital bond measure, the money may only be spent on capital improvements such as facilities, equipment, curriculum and technology. Bond money may not pay for teachers and school programs. However, when capital costs are paid for with bond dollars, more of the general fund can go to teaching and learning.

Why is the bond measure on the ballot now?

  • State school funding does not provide for renovating or building schools. Under Oregon’s tax law limitations, communities have only two options for local school funding: Bonds for capital improvements such as buildings, and local option levies for operating costs.
  • 4J schools are aging. Most were built from 1945 to 1968. Some are even older. The bond would replace three school buildings and make repairs and improvements to other aging facilities.
  • A capital needs assessment identified more than $1 billion in capital improvements in the district. The bond measure is targeted to fund a selected portion of these improvements for school facilities and student learning.
  • The tax rate for existing bonds will decrease next year.
  • Interest rates are low now, so bonds that are issued have lower total costs to taxpayers.
  • The district has been granted $8 million in state matching funds that would be received only if the bond measure passes.

What would it cost?

If the bond measure is approved by voters, it would provide $319.3 million for school improvements. Property tax rates would increase by about $0.66 per $1,000 of assessed value, to a rate of $2.25 per $1,000 assessed value for Eugene School District bond debt. Property taxes would increase by about $11 a month or $135 a year for the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000. The bonds would be issued in more than one series and would mature over no more than 21 years from each issuance.

What would happen if the bond does not pass?

If the bond measure is not approved by voters, the property tax increase would not occur and the bond tax rate would decrease by about $0.20 to $1.39 per $1,000 assessed value next year. The district would not receive the proposed bond funds or the $8 million in committed state matching funds to pay for school improvements. Without bond funds, money for repairs and maintenance would come out of the budget for classroom education. The district would not be able to replace and modernize school buildings, improve security at all schools, update learning materials, or complete other major capital improvements.

How to vote in the November election?

All registered voters who live in Eugene School District 4J are eligible to vote on the bond measure. You must be registered to vote by October 16. Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning October 17. Completed ballots must be returned to the county elections office or a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6. To register to vote or find a ballot drop box, visit www.lanecounty.org/elections.


This information was reviewed by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office for compliance with ORS 260.432.
SH 18-107

Printable information sheet
More about the bond measure

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District, Classified Employee Union Settle Contract

4-year contract agreement provides fair salary increases for all classified employees 

Eugene School District 4J has agreed on a four-year contract with our classified employees’ union that includes fair salary and insurance increases for every employee.

The Oregon School Employees Association represents 4J’s classified staff members, such as educational assistants, custodians, bus drivers, and food service workers.

Important provisions of the new contract agreement include:

  • A four-year term, from 2018–19 through 2021–22
  • Fair salary increases for every classified employee
    • 2.2% COLA (cost of living increase) in 2018–19
    • 2.0% COLA in 2019–20
    • 2.0% COLA in 2020–21
    • COLA for 2021–22 to be negotiated in spring 2021
  • Increased district contribution to employees’ health insurance
    • Increase of $15 per month in 2019–20
    • Increase of $10 per month in 2020–21
    • Benefits for 2021–22 to be negotiated in spring 2021
  • Simplified and updated leave provisions, including modifications to sick, personal and family leave
  • Enhanced safety committees and districtwide reporting

The bargaining teams used an interest-based bargaining process in these negotiations, which focuses on interests and mutual gains.  They met numerous times from February through June 2018, making progress over time, until all issues were resolved and a tentative agreement was reached in June.

The agreement was ratified by classified employees on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and approved by the school board on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The new contract is effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022.

Summary of contract changes
Collective bargaining agreement 


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Parent Checklist: 12 Things to Do Before September 5

Get ready for back-to-school with new school schedules, bus routes, supply lists, and more 

The start of school is just around the corner—we can hardly wait!
• Tues., Sept. 4: Grade 9: High school orientation & transition day
• Wed., Sept. 5: Grades K–6 and 9–12: First day of classes
• Thu., Sept. 6: Grades 7–8: First day of classes

While kids are packing their backpacks, planning first-day outfits and enjoying the last few days of summer, here are 12 easy things parents can do to get ready for your student’s first day.

Mark Your Calendar: School begins just after Labor Day and ends in mid-June. See the full calendar for winter break, spring break and other days when students will be out of school. 
2018–19 school calendar  

Review New School Start & Dismissal Times: 4J schools have new start and end times this fall. All schools now have consistent calendars, schedules and early release days. Students will get enough and equal learning time, families will see consistent school schedules, and staff will have coordinated collaboration time. Every school has some changes to its bell schedule.
New school schedules

Check School Bus Routes: School bus stops and times also are changing. You’ll want to know your new bus stop and pickup and dropoff times before the first day of school. Go to the Find My Bus Stop web app, enter your home address and student’s grade, and find your route number, closest bus stop and times. Questions? Call 541-790-7474 and select option 4.
Bus stops & times

Shop for School Supplies: Most elementary and middle schools provide a list of supplies that students at each grade level should bring at the beginning of the school year. Check your school’s supply list online before you start your back-to-school shopping.
School supply lists

Enroll Your New Student: If you have a child who will be new to a 4J school this year and is not yet registered, please contact your school as soon as possible.  
How to enroll  

Get Ready for Kindergarten: We’re excited to welcome our new kindergarteners to school on September 5! Kindergarten is a full-day program in 4J. This year, all elementary schools will start the first week of school with “Kinderzone,” a child-centered and welcoming introduction to set our new students up for school success. For some suggested steps to help your child get ready for kindergarten, 4J’s Kindergarten Handbook is available online or at your school.
Kindergarten Handbook (y en español) / Kinderzone information 

Apply for Free School Meals: Your child may qualify to eat a healthy, nutritious school breakfast and lunch for free each school day and save hundreds of dollars a year. It’s quick and easy to apply online, and about half of 4J families qualify. You must reapply at the start of each school year. Breakfast is free for students at all 4J elementary schools, with no application required. To pay for school meals, add money to your student’s account online or at your school.
Online applicationSchool meal information 

Check Up on Student Health: Make sure you’re on track with required immunizations and medical examinations (including sports physicals)—both available from 4J’s school-based health centers. If your child has any special health issues, be in contact with your school well before classes begin. Contact your child’s school nurse if you have questions.
Student health information / School-based health center appointments  

Download the ParentVUE App: If you have a student enrolled in middle school or high school, you can use ParentVUE in your web browser or mobile app to securely access their grades, check attendance, review class schedules, communicate with teachers, and more. Your school will provide an activation key to set up an account if you do not already have one.
Synergy ParentVUE /  Apple iOS app / Android app  

Be Safe, Feel Safe, Bookmark SafeOregon: To help students feel safe and be safe, 4J schools are offering the SafeOregon tip line as another way to report any student or school safety concern. The tip line is always open. Learn more: www.safeoregon.com
Submit a tip: Online / Email / Text or call / Apple iOS app / Android app  

Update Emergency Contact Info: Does your school have your current phone number and email address so we can reach you quickly during an emergency and keep you up-to-date about what is happening at school? Update your contact information and emergency contacts with your school office. You also can sign up now to receive text alerts about school closures and bus route changes on snowy and icy days.
Check information in ParentVUE / Sign up for snow day text alerts 

Follow Us on Social Media: Get social with 4J—stay on top of what’s happening in the school district and see great photos and news from our schools.
Like 4J on Facebook / Follow 4J on Twitter / Subscribe to 4J e-news

Other Questions:
Contact us

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter August/September 2018 Issue #1

Published by:      Diana McElhinney, Classified Staff Benefits Coordinator
Phone:  541-790-7679 email: mcelhinney_d@4j.lane.edu

Mandatory Open Enrollment for Health Benefits
August 15 – September 15

Reminder, all benefits eligible employees, including those who waive coverage, must access the MyOEBB enrollment system and make your health plan elections by Saturday, September 15th.  This includes enrolling yourself and any eligible dependents you wish to cover, as well as waiving coverage you do not want.  Plans will not roll over from the 2017-18 plan year.  In order to make an informed decision I encourage you to review the 4J Open Enrollment Benefits Essentials – Classified Employees and rate sheets at:

Computer & Enrollment Assistance
Need some assistance? Don’t have a computer?  Come see us at one of these scheduled dates and times:

Tuesday, August 21 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ed Center Classroom
Tuesday, August 28 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ed Center Classroom
Wednesday, August 29 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ed Center Classroom
Wednesday,, September 5 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ed Center Classroom
Thursday September 6 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ed Center Classroom
Tuesday, September 11 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ed Center Classroom
Wednesday, September 12 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Ed Center Classroom
Friday, September 14 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ed Center Classroom

Tips To Avoid Enrollment Mistakes

  1. Know your monthly cost for coverage.
  2. Make sure your doctors/providers are in-network for the plans you select.
  3. Double-check your dependents have the right coverage and that you select coverage for them!
  4. Before you decline dental for yourself or a dependent, recognize a 12-month wait will apply if enrolled at a later date.
  5. Don’t wait until the last minute! Decide early, enroll early.

2018-19 Medical Plans

Effective for the 2018-19 plan year, the Connexus and Synergy Moda Birch Plan is eliminated.  4J classified employees and retirees will continue to have both  the Connexus and Synergy Moda Cedar Plan ($1,200 deductible) and the Dogwood Plan ($1,600 deductible) plus a third choice with Kaiser Permanente.

A New Medical Plan Option!

This year classified employees have access to care with a new health insurance provider, Kaiser Permanente (KP).  The Kaiser Permanente model of care allows for better coordination and quality of care.

Members will have care coverage at 5 medical offices, and 4 hospitals through collaboration with PeaceHealth, and many more contracted specialists in the area.  Additionally, members will have access to all Kaiser Permanente facilities in Oregon as well as KP facilities in other states.

All of the providers in the Kaiser Permanente network were selected based on the level of care and service they provide to their patients.  To see if your doctor is in the network, go to provider directory online at www.kp.org/finddoctors.

Questions can be directed to Kaiser Permanente customer service representatives at 1 800-813-2000.  Please identify yourself as an OEBB member, group number 18050 (4J is not in their system yet) and Plan 2.

Please note:  The 4J Wellness Clinic is not part of the Kaiser Permanente Network.  Active employees and retirees who elect the Kaiser Permanente Plan will not be charged the mandatory monthly fee and will be ineligible to access services at the Wellness Clinic.

2018-19 Vision Plan

We will continue to offer VSP Choice Plus Plan in the 2018-19 plan year.  Beginning October 1, 2018, VSP changes include enhanced coverage of standard progressive lenses and increased allowance for select name brand frames (not applicable at Costco or Walmart).

For a $20 copayment, the VSP Suncare benefit (available every 12 months) allows members a $300 allowance for ready-made non-prescription sunglasses in lieu of prescription glasses or contacts.

2018-19 Dental Plans

4J employees will continue to have 3 dental plans to choose from for the upcoming plan year:  Delta Dental Premier Plan 5, Delta Dental Premier Plan 6, and the Willamette Dental Group Plan.

Delta Dental Premier Plan 5 has an annual maximum of $1700; an incentive plan design (70% – 100%) for preventive, basic restorative and periodontal services; and includes orthodontia.

Delta Dental Premier Plan 6 has an annual maximum of $1200, does not have an incentive plan design, and does not include orthodontia.

2018-19 Updates:  Changes for Moda Dental Plans 5 & 6 include composite restorations covered on the posterior teeth, Nitrous Oxide is covered at 50 percent, and the benefit maximum for occlusal guard increased from $150 to $250.

The Willamette Dental Group plan provides set co-payments so that you always know what your out-of-pocket will be.  There are no annual deductibles and no maximums for covered benefits.

2018-19 Update: Changes for Willamette Dental Group plan include co-payments for crowns, bridges, root canals, dentures increase, upgrade to composite fillings for no additional cost, and the orthodontia deductible will increase from $1500 to $2500.

Optional Employee Life

This is a great year to elect optional employee life if you haven’t in the past or if you are increasing your current level of coverage.  The Standard is offering a $200,000 Guarantee Issuance.   This means no medical evidence is required for employee coverage $200,000 or below.

Healthy Futures Incentive Program Discontinued

OEBB’s “Healthy Futures” incentive program has been discontinued effective October 1, 2018.  If you participated for the 2017-18 plan year you will not need to report your Healthy Actions during Open Enrollment.

NEW – Discounted Gym Membership

Both Moda and Kaiser Permanente plans include discounted membership to gyms.  The Active & Fit Direct program allows you join participating fitness centers for $25 a month.   For more information log in to your myModa account at modahealth or your Kaiser Permanente account at https://my.kp.org/oebb/to get started.  Current Moda members can sign up now!

“Do something TODAY that your future self will thank you for!”


Flexible Spending Account Online Enrollment for Plan Year Oct 1, 2018-Sept 30, 2019

Participation requires a new enrollment each year.

What is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

A Flexible spending Account (FSA) is a benefit plan administered by PacificSource Administrators which allows you to pay for out-of-pocket health care or dependent /childcare expenses with pre-tax dollars.

As long as you are ELIGIBLE for District insurance benefits as an active employee, you can enroll in the FSA plan, even if you waive the health insurance.  Retirees are not eligible for FSA plans. If you plan to retire during the plan year and would like to participate for the portion of the plan year prior to your retirement, be sure to attend one of the computer and enrollment assistance times or contact Benefits staff prior to enrolling.

FSA Online Enrollment Deadline:  Saturday, September 15, 2018 @ 8:59 pm

To make annual elections for your FSA you must log into your PacificSource flex account at: https://hrbenefitsdirect.com/PSA/signIn.aspx  To create a new member account, look to the right of the log in information and use Group Pass Code:  ESD2018FSA

Health Insurance in Retirement Workshop
Tuesday, September 25 – Ed Center Auditorium
First session starts at 4:00 p.m.

Want to know more about your health insurance options once you retire?  Have questions?  Come hear from the experts what your options are:

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. The ABCs of Medicare:  What to expect, types of plans, when to sign up

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Retirement Coverage Prior to Medicare Eligibility:  Continuation of 4J plan, individual market, PERS option

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. 4J Retirement Health Insurance Options:  Breakout groups:  MAPS, Licensed, and Classified

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, September 19, 2018
to Diana McElhinney at mcelhinney_d@4j.lane.edu

This newsletter is reviewed and edited each month by District 4J and OSEA representatives of the Classified Joint Benefits Committee (JBC).The information in this newsletter is summarized, and is not intended as advice or counsel.

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No Outdoor Athletics This Afternoon (Wed., August 22)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 — Wildfire smoke is impacting air quality in our area, and rose this afternoon to levels considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.  All outdoor activities in 4J this afternoon have been canceled or moved inside for students’ health.

The district will continue to monitor air quality and weather conditions and make decisions about activities day by day.

For more information, including guidelines from the Oregon Student Activities Association and Oregon Health Authority regarding outdoor activities during poor air quality or high heat conditions, see the following.

Air Quality, Athletics and Activities in 4J

OSAA & OHA: Air Quality and Athletics
OSAA: Heat Index and Athletics 


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No Outdoor Athletics Today (Tues., August 21)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 — Wildfire smoke has led to unhealthy air quality. All outdoor activities in 4J have been canceled or moved inside today for students’ health.

The district will continue to monitor air quality and weather conditions and make decisions about activities day by day.

For more information from the Oregon Student Activities Association and Oregon Health Authority regarding outdoor activities during poor air quality or high heat conditions, see the following.

Air Quality, Athletics and Activities in 4J

OSAA & OHA: Air Quality and Athletics
OSAA: Heat Index and Athletics 


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Air Quality and School Activities

Wildfire smoke is affecting air quality in the Eugene area. We take our students’ health and safety very seriously, and closely monitor conditions to guide decisions around school-sponsored outdoor student activities.

Eugene School District 4J staff regularly monitor the Heat Index and Air Quality Index and do regular visual inspections of outside air quality to determine outdoor activity levels for students, per the public health guidance from the  Oregon Health Authority and Oregon School Activities Association.

Decisions regarding athletics will be made daily as necessary. When air quality conditions are unhealthy for sensitive groups, with AQI over 100, practices will be moved inside or canceled and games will be rescheduled or canceled.

High school athletic directors, coaches and support staff will notify families whose students participate in OSAA activities if any changes are made to practice or game times and locations. Any changes to OSAA-sanctioned high school game schedules also will be posted on the OSAA website.

The Oregon Health Authority advises that parents of sensitive children should follow their health care providers’ advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms, and watch the smoke forecast to decide when to limit their child’s activities. Children who may be more sensitive to air pollution include those with asthma, respiratory infection, lung or heart disease.

Current Air Quality Index  |  Current Heat Index
Public Health Guidance for Outdoor School Activities / Pautas de Salud Pública para Actividades Escolares en al Aire Libre

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School Board Approves Referring Bond Measure to Voters in November

Bond funds would improve safety, career education, technology, curriculum, overcrowding, and replace 3 aging schools, if approved by voters

The Eugene School Board has unanimously approved referring a $319.3 million bond measure to voters on the November 2018 election ballot.

If approved by voters in November, the bond measure would provide improvements for all district schools. Bond funds would upgrade safety and security, support career education, address equity, improve technology, update instructional materials, and repair schools across the district. It would replace three aging school buildings—North Eugene High School, Edison Elementary School, and Camas Ridge Elementary School—and add classrooms at Gilham Elementary School.

Bond Process

The potential bond measure was considered in a lengthy, thoughtful, community-engaged process. The development process began with an assessment of the district’s facility and materials needs and the development of an update to the district’s long-range facilities plan.

More than $1 Billion in capital needs were identified in the district, including facility repairs and improvements, capacity to address overcrowding, security and safety, technology, and more. The district conducted a series of community forums and surveys to help inform priorities for a bond measure that would address some, but not all, of the identified capital needs.

Community input and board discussions narrowed the list to $385 million in improvements. The school board in August considered options to reduce the cost to taxpayers, and shrank the proposal by 17%.

At its meeting on August 15, 2018, the school board determined the final bond package and voted unanimously to approve a resolution and ballot title language to refer the $319.3 million general obligation bond measure to the November ballot for the community to consider. The board’s action authorizes the district to file the ballot title with the county elections office and officially place the bond on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

Bond Improvements

The resulting $319.3 million bond measure would:

• Replace three aging school buildings
North Eugene High School ($135 M)
Edison Elementary School ($42 M)
Camas Ridge Elementary School ($40 M)
Address overcrowding in Sheldon region ($9 M)—Complete the planned expansion of Gilham Elementary School to provide more capacity
• Renovate facilities for program relocations ($10 M)—Program moves include Yujin Gakuen, Corridor, ECCO, the NATIVES program, and Chinese immersion
• Improve school safety and security ($16 M)
• Improve facility equity and access ($12 M)
• Support career technical education ($6 M)
• Replace aging school buses ($4.8 M)
• Adopt curriculum ($8 M)
• Modernize technology ($6 M)
• Provide critical maintenance, repairs and improvements ($31 M)

Bond Costs

The district has been awarded $8 million in state grants which will be available only if the bonds are approved. The estimated bond costs are $7.5 million, bringing the proposed bond measure amount to $319.3 million. If approved, the bond tax rate would increase by about 66¢ per $1,000 assessed value, to $2.25. Property taxes would increase by about $11 a month or $135 a year for the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed value of $204,147.

Learn More

The district will publish informational materials on the district website after the measure is certified to the ballot and before the election.

More about improvements considered and included in bond measure 

More about the bond measure development process  



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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter June 2018 Issue #8

OEBB Mandatory Open Enrollment Fall 2018

OEBB will end all current medical, vision, and dental plans effective September 30, 2018.  Therefore, members who wish to have medical, vision, and dental coverage for the October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019, plan year will be required to log into the MyOEBB system during open enrollment in order to register for that coverage.  The mandatory OEBB open enrollment period will begin August 15, 2018, and will remain open through September 15, 2018.

You will receive updated and detailed information as it is available – watch for updates in this newsletter, on the 4J website, in your e-mail inbox, and via US Mail over the summer.  As always, OEBB will send information about plan designs and offerings, but rate information and other details specific to 4J employees will come from 4J.

2018-19 Medical Plans

Kaiser Medical Plan new this year:  In an effort to offer more access to care and affordable coverage options at a time when healthcare costs are rising, the Classified Joint Benefits Committee (JBC) has opted to add Kaiser Permanente Plan 2 for the plan year set to begin October 1, 2018.  Be assured that we will offer plenty of opportunities to learn how this plan choice can reduce your deductible, save you money, and provide evidence-based care in a care delivery model that is centered on improving your health.

In addition to the Kaiser Permanente plan choice, 4J classified employees and retirees will continue to have two (2) Moda medical plans to choose from:  the Cedar plan ($1,200 deductible) and the Dogwood plan ($1,600 deductible).

Members must still opt for either the OEBB Moda Connexus PPO Network or the Synergy CCM Network.  The Synergy Network plans operate under a coordinated care model (CCM) and the Connexus Network plans are preferred provider organization (PPO).  Members who enroll in a Synergy CCM Network plan agree to participate in a system of care where you choose one primary care physician (PCP) or medical home and work with a closed network of professionals that coordinate all your care.  Members who enroll in a Connexus PPO Network plan
have a broader range of providers, may see any in-network provider at any time, and typically pay more.Please watch for additional plan details and differences, which will be included in the information coming from OEBB prior to open enrollment.  A wealth of information is also available on the OEBB website: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/oebb/Pages/Plan-Docs.aspx

2018-19 Vision Plan

Benefits eligible employees will continue to have vision coverage through VSP Choice Plus vision plan featuring vision exams, frames, and lenses available every 12 months. Vison plan enhancements for 2018-2019 are enhanced coverage of standard progressive lenses and higher allowance for select brand frames (not applicable at Costco or Walmart)
Don’t need prescription glasses?  The VSP plan offers the Suncare benefit.  With a $20.00 copay, members can receive a $300 allowance for ready-made non-prescription sunglasses instead of prescription glasses or contacts

2018-19 Dental Plans

Dental plan choices remain the same for the plan year that begins October 1, 2018:  Delta Dental Premier Plan 5, Delta Dental Premier Plan 6, and the Willamette Dental Plan.

Delta Dental Premier Plan 5 has an annual maximum of $1700; an incentive plan design (70% – 100%) for preventive, basic restorative and periodontal services; and includes orthodontia.  Members enrolling in Delta Dental Premier Plan 5 for the first time will start at the 70% incentive level, regardless of prior dental coverage.

Delta Dental Premier Plan 6 has an annual maximum of $1200, does not have an incentive plan design, and does not include orthodontia.  Both Delta Dental plans use the Delta Dental Premier network of providers.

Plan design changes for both Delta Dental Plans are composite restorations on posterior teeth will now be covered based on the total allowable amount for the composite restorations, and night guards that are covered at 50% after deductible will have an increased max from $150 to $250.

Effective October 1, 2018, the Willamette Dental Group orthodontia copayment will increase to $2500. The copayment for crowns and bridges will be $250, for root canals $50, and for dentures $100.  The office visit copayment will remain at $20.

Optional Employee Life

This is a great year to elect optional employee life if you haven’t in the past or if you are increasing your current level of coverage.  The Standard is offering a $200,000 Guarantee Issuance.   This means no medical evidence is required for employee coverage $200,000 or below.

Additional Benefits

4J employees and retirees will continue to have the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) and 4J Wellness Clinic as part of the benefits package.  Active classified employees will also have Long Term Disability insurance, basic life insurance ($50,000), and basic accidental death and dismemberment ($50,000) coverage as part of the total benefit package.

All benefits-eligible active employees will be enrolled in these additional benefits.  All retirees who opt to enroll in medical coverage will have access to the EAP and the Wellness Clinic.

Professional Education Program (PEP)
2018-2018 Annual Report

Our collective bargaining agreement between OSEA Chapter 1 and Eugene School District 4J provides $15,000 each fiscal year for employee-initiated professional development for members.  The program includes job-related training activities, tuition reimbursement, registration or materials costs, and conferences and workshops.  Reimbursements for the 2017-18 year totaled $11,127.00.

Classified Sick Leave Bank – 2018-19 Annual Report

For the fiscal year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, the Classified Sick Leave Bank assisted 16 members of the bank for a total of 2,902 hours of Sick Leave Bank time.  These were employees who encountered long-term serious personal illness or injury, and who had exhausted all their own accumulated leaves.

4J Wellness Clinic Open All Summer

The 4J Wellness Clinic continues regular hours through the summer to meet the health care needs of you and your eligible family members.  This is a great time to get those yearly physicals taken care of.  Regular hours are Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment by calling 541-686-1427.

Myths about Travel Health

Myth:  Drinking alcohol with meals helps prevent traveler’s diarrhea.

Fact:  Don’t count on it.  Several lab studies have found that wine can reduce levels of bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses (including Salmonella, Shigella, E.coli, and Bacillus cereus), possibly related to the organic acids in wine in synergy with the alcohol.  But none of the lab studies prove that drinking alcohol is a good strategy for avoiding traveler’s diarrhea-and you won’t find it recommended on any of the travel pages of the CDC’s website.

Myth:  You can’t get rabies from a street dog if it just licks you.

Fact:  Actually you could.  Many people think the only way to get rabies is to be bitten by an infected dog.  Though rabies is usually transmitted by such a bite (through the dog’s saliva), it’s possible, though rare, to be infected through licks from the animal if your skin has an open wound or abrasions.  And it’s not just dogs that can spread rabies, but also other infected animals, such as raccoons, foxes, and bats.  In fact, if you awaken to find a bat in your room, short of having the bat tested for rabies (an unlikely scenario), you should seek medical attention to discuss if you should get the rabies vaccine, since the bat bite can be hard to see and is easily overlooked.

Myth:  You have to worry about mosquito-transmitted diseases only if you’re visiting jungles, not urban areas.

Fact:  Not true.  For example, the virus that causes yellow fever can be present in both urban and jungle environments. (How it is transmitted varies, though: In the jungle, mosquitoes spread the disease to humans after biting infected monkeys, while in urban areas, mosquitoes spread it after biting infected people.)  As another example, the mosquito-transmitted Japanese encephalitis virus, which causes a serious infection in the brain, can occur in rural environments with watery rice paddies (where mosquitoes multiply) but also around urban areas, where people may be in contact with pigs or wild birds that are hosts for the mosquitoes.

Then there’s malaria, which is prevalent, to a greater or lesser extent, in all types of areas-jungle, rural, and urban.  In countries where malaria is endemic, the only places where you are at no risk are where there are no mosquitoes, such as at very high altitudes and in the desert, or during colder seasons in some areas.

This newsletter is reviewed and edited each month by the District 4J and OSEA representatives of the Classified Joint Benefits Committee (JBC).The information in this newsletter is summarized, and is not intended as advice or counsel.

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