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Thank You Voters!

School bond measure is approved 

Nov. 6, 2018 — Voters in Eugene School District 4J have resoundingly passed Measure 20-297, the school bond measure to fund improvements at every 4J school and for every 4J student.

Bond funds will be used to repair schools, improve security, update technology and learning materials, support career technical education, address overcrowding and replace three aging school buildings.

Thanks to voters and community members for supporting our public schools.

More about the school improvement bond

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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – November 2018 – Issue 307

Eugene Education Association - EEA

4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • November 6, 2018 • Issue Number 307

NEWS FROM THE 4J WELLNESS CLINIC

‘Tis the season for unplanned viruses and flu shots.

The 4J Wellness Clinic is staffed and ready to address all your ailments and provide high quality healthcare for all your needs. As you may know, our two seasoned practitioners Silvia and Anna have moved on to new adventures. We know that all transitions provide certain challenges, but with those challenges come new opportunities and we are excited to announce our new care team! Your new Nurse Practitioners are Thor Hauff, FNP and Michelle Davila, FNP. These providers are incredibly talented and committed to providing the convenient access to the highest quality care that you’ve come to expect.

You are cordially invited to an Open House on November 14, 2018 at the 4J Wellness Clinic from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Join us to meet your wonderful new providers and to get to know your wellness team.

We are excited for you to meet and develop strong and positive provider relationships with Michelle and Thor. Developing relationships with trusted primary medical providers lead to better outcomes and more effective preventative care. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity!

Let’s start this process with a little background information about our new team members:

Thor Hauff, FNP-C

Thor’s training has been through the military and he is retired from a 26-year military career that included Army and Air Force service. He has worked as an RN in emergency care, medical/surgical, telemetry, outpatient, long term care, home health, and labor and delivery.  He received his FNP through USUHS, the health science university of the U.S. federal government, in August of 2009.  His last job was at Eugene Urgent Care for three years (some of you might know him from there).  Throughout his time in urgent care his love for primary care and that relationship with his patients was dearly missed. Thor’s medical approach is science and evidence based.  He believes in improving the overall health of his patients and not just focusing on the symptoms.  Thor is married with four children ages 19, 16, 14, and 12 years old. His spouse, Nicole, is a stay at home mom and a photographer. Thor enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, golf, tennis, and other “lifetime” sports. Thor and his family are thankful to be settling down in the Willamette Valley to do what he loves, caring for patients.

Michelle Davila, FNP

Michelle and her family have lived in Oregon for six years. She has previously provided primary care at two federally qualified health centers (FQHC), one of which was a school based health center. Prior to this experience she worked with adolescents and young adults at a youth academy and a college health center. Michelle earned her BSN from UT Health Science Center, her MSN from Texas A&M University and her DNP from the University of Colorado. She enjoys working with individuals to optimize health through nutrition and daily activity. She likes seeing pediatric patients, especially adolescents. Although her own adolescent cringes to think her mom will be taking care of her teachers, Michelle is thrilled to have this opportunity to better the health of the 4J community. Michelle enjoys hiking, jogging, reading and knitting in her spare time.

We hope to see you on November 14th at the Open House. We are confident that you’ll see what we see in these excellent new providers.

TAX-SHELTERED ANNUITY (TSA) VENDOR FAIR

You are invited to attend a 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Vendor Fair. This drop-in style format event will be a great opportunity to gather information on tax deferred retirement savings plans. This event will take place in the Ed Center Auditorium between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

There will be experts on hand from many of the vendors who work with 4J employees, all together in one place. If you have been meaning to start your TSA, now is the time. If you already have a TSA going and have questions, this is a great opportunity to connect directly with your vendor.

All 4J licensed employees are eligible to set up an account under the 403(b) Plan with any vendor who is on the District list of approved vendors: http://www.ncompliance.com/guest_employervendors.aspx?EmployerID=12

4J Retirement Plan A eligible employees (hired into a licensed position before July 1, 1998 and continuously a bargaining unit member) do not receive a TSA contribution from 4J.

4J Retirement Plan B eligible employees (hired into a licensed position on or after July 1, 1998) are eligible to receive a TSA contribution from 4J:

  • First year of eligibility – $50 / month
  • Third year of eligibility – $75 / month
  • Sixth year of eligibility – $100 / month
  • Tenth year of eligibility – $150 / month
  • Thirteenth year of eligibility – $175 / month

SICK LEAVE BANK

The Eugene Education Association manages the Sick Leave Bank (SLB), the purpose of which is to grant hours to eligible members in cases of long-term absence necessitated by illness or injury.

During the SLB fall 2018 enrollment period (August 28 – October 31), 127 licensed employees made a donation of one or two days, sixteen of them for the first time. Three donors donated the maximum allowed (16 hours) despite the fact that each works less than 1.0 FTE. Thank you SLB donors!

The Sick Leave Bank provides relief for members who are dealing with serious health conditions. Unfortunately, the SLB has had to provide support more frequently than in the past, so the support of donors has become more critical than ever. To maintain active membership, a minimum donation of one day (prorated for part-time members) must be made every two years. For those of you who donated during this fall’s enrollment period, your next required donation will be in the fall of 2020. However, members are allowed to donate a maximum of 16 hours per school year.

There will be a second SLB enrollment period this school year from February 1 – April 5, 2019. E-mail reminders and donation forms will be sent at that time.

HOW ABOUT A WORKOUT BUDDY?

Trying to get more physically active? You don’t have to go it alone. How about working out with a little help from your friends? When you work out with a partner, you’re likely to:

  • Feel more motivated. When you and your buddy encourage each other, you’ll work harder (and get better results!). And there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.
  • Be more adventurous. It’s easier to try new things with a buddy. You may just find an activity you love, one that feels more like fun and less like a workout.
  • Be more consistent. When someone else is counting on you to show up, you won’t want to let him or her down.

To enjoy all these benefits, you’ll need the right workout buddy. Look for someone with the same goals, schedule, and commitment you have. Look for someone who makes you feel positive and inspires you to hit the trail or treadmill on a regular basis.

How do you find the right fit? Talk to friends, co-workers, neighbors, or people at the gym. You might even find a buddy closer to home: what about a hike with your dog, who thinks every walk is the best walk ever? Now quality time can also be fitness time.

You very likely already have your phone with you. Why not make it work? Try a social media workout app to connect with friends and others that share your goals and can help keep you motivated.

Even if you like to work out alone, changing things up with a buddy every once in a while can help you work out harder and learn new things. You can switch back to solo workouts any time.

LEMONS QUICK TIP

Want twice as much juice from your lemon with half the effort? Before you cut it, roll it back and forth on the kitchen counter, pressing down firmly with the palm of your hand.


The information in this newsletter has been summarized. It is presented as information – not advice or counsel. In all instances, the benefits, conditions, and limitations as outlined in the 4J Master Contracts prevail over this representation. Please refer to your Benefits booklet or master contracts available at the District offices for additional information regarding your benefits plans.

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Members Sought for Budget Committee

District residents are invited to apply

Apply online

Eugene School District 4J is inviting applications for its volunteer budget committee. There are two openings for three-year terms that run through June 30, 2021.

Residents interested in serving on the committee should apply by Monday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m.

Requirements

Applicants must be registered voters and must live within the boundaries of Eugene School District 4J. Positions are non-partisan, unpaid, and are not connected to any specific region within the district. Applicants do not need to be parents. 4J employees are not eligible for appointment. Members with expired terms may reapply.

How to apply

Apply online by Monday, Nov. 26.

Appointment process

Applicants will be scheduled for interviews with the school board in a work session on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The board will vote to appoint two budget committee members at the following meeting, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene.

Term of service

The budget committee typically meets once in January and twice in May. Meetings are normally scheduled on Monday evenings. New appointees are also expected to participate in an orientation in January. The appointed members will serve through June 30, 2021. If an appointee wishes to serve longer, she or he may apply for reappointment in 2021.

About the committee

The budget committee has 14 members: the seven elected school board members and seven citizen volunteers appointed by the board. The budget committee reviews annual budget proposals to ensure that the district is planning to spend money in furtherance of district goals. The committee examines the proposed budget, listens to comments from citizens, and then approves the budget. The committee normally meets about three times per year on Monday evenings.

 

Learn more about the budget committee 

Apply online 

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Join Us for a Bond Conversation

What do you want to know about the school bond measure?

Frequently asked questions
Proposed bond improvements
Bond community conversation 

Do you have questions about the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot? Community members are invited to discuss the measure with Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and other 4J staff at a pair of community meetings on Oct. 29 and Nov. 2. This is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the bond measure before ballots are due.

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

If the bond measure is approved by voters, property tax rates would increase by $0.66 per $1,000 of assessed value, to a total rate of $2.25 per $1,000 assessed value for Eugene School District bond debt. For the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000, property taxes would increase by about $11 a month or $135 a year.

Community conversations have been scheduled in different locations and at different times so community members may choose a convenient time and location. 

Bond Community Conversations:

  • Monday, October 29, 7 p.m., North Eugene High School library, 200 Silver Lane (invite your friends)
  • Friday, November 2, 3 p.m., Camas Ridge Elementary School, 1150 E. 29th Ave. (invite your friends)

Frequently asked questions
Proposed bond improvements
More bond measure information 

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Oregon Publishes School Reports

2017–18 annual reports are available online 

Each year, the Oregon Department of Education issues reports for every public school and district in Oregon. The 2017–18 reports are now available online.

Image of an Oregon at-a-glance school profile reportODE this year redesigned the school report cards, aiming to share information that is meaningful and accessible to parents, families and the broader school community. The new report is a two-page “At-a-Glance School Profile” report that provides information on 2018 state test performance, 2017 graduation rates, student and teacher demographics, attendance, school programs, and more.

Eugene School District 4J students who completed state tests in 2017–18 outperformed the state average in every subject, every grade, and nearly every student group. We’re proud of our 4J students and staff and their hard work to achieve these gains in learning.

Please contact your principal if you have questions about your school’s report.

 

Image showing part of a state school accountability details report

Changes in Accompanying Report

Due to high rate of testing opt-outs, 4J student achievement is not accurately represented in reported data  

In addition to redesigning the “At-a-Glance School Profile” reports, the state this year changed the “ESSA Accountability Details Reports” that were published at the same time. Student achievement data is now calculated and reported differently in these reports: Non-participating students beyond 5% are now counted as non-proficient, as if they had taken the tests and answered zero questions correctly. In schools and districts where more than 5% of students opted out of completing state tests, the student achievement data in these reports is not an accurate representation of student performance.

Eugene School District 4J sees a higher-than-typical rate of opt-outs from state testing. For many 4J schools and for the district, the student proficiency rates reported in the accountability detail reports therefore are significantly lower than the actual proficiency demonstrated by students who completed state tests. As an example, at South Eugene High School, 70.5% of tested students demonstrated proficiency in mathematics, but the state reports the proficiency rate as 47.6%, due to the high rate of testing opt-outs at the school.

The ESSA Accountability Details Reports are available on the Oregon Department of Education website.

Comparison of Demonstrated vs. Reported Proficiency Rates

At-A-Glance Profile Reports

Eugene School District 4J (English / Español

Adams Elementary School (English / Español
Awbrey Park Elementary School (English / Español
Buena Vista Elementary School (English / Español
Camas Ridge Elementary School (English / Español
Charlemagne Elementary School (English / Español
Chávez Elementary School (English / Español
Chinese Immersion School (English / Español
Corridor Elementary School (English / Español
Edgewood Elementary School (English / Español
Edison Elementary School (English / Español
Family Elementary School (English / Español
Gilham Elementary School (English / Español
Holt Elementary School (English / Español
Howard Elementary School (English / Español
McCornack Elementary School (English / Español
River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School (English / Español
Spring Creek Elementary School (English / Español
Twin Oaks Elementary School (English / Español
Willagillespie Elementary School (English / Español
Yujin Gakuen Elementary School (English / Español

Arts & Technology Academy (English / Español
Cal Young Middle School (English / Español
Kelly Middle School (English / Español
Kennedy Middle School (English / Español
Madison Middle School (English / Español
Monroe Middle School (English / Español
Roosevelt Middle School (English / Español
Spencer Butte Middle School (English / Español

Churchill High School (English / Español
North Eugene High School (English / Español
Sheldon High School (English / Español
South Eugene High School (English / Español
Eugene Education Options (English / Español

State Website: School & District Reports 

 

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter November 2018 Issue #3

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

403(b) TSA Retirement Savings Incentive Program – Increase in Contribution!

Attention all classified employees!  Take advantage of this optional retirement plan to help secure a comfortable retirement.  Effective July 1, 2018, the district will pay 1.75% of your monthly salary into a retirement savings account, if you commit to .750%.

For Example: Every thousand dollars* you earn:

You contribute:            $  7.50
District contributes:      $17.50
your investment:          $25.00

*This is an example, using $1,000.  The monthly contributions will always be exact percentages of whatever your monthly gross salary is.

403(b) TSA Vendor Fair

You are cordially invited to attend a 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Vendor Fair.  This drop-in style format event will be a great opportunity to gather information on tax deferred retirement savings plans. This event will take place in the Ed Center Auditorium between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

There will be representatives on hand from the 3 eligible vendors who work with 4J classified employees.

Unable to attend the fair?  Open an account with one of the 3 vendors and complete a District 4J Salary Reduction Agreement.  Make a copy for your records, and then deliver the original to Financial Services in the Ed Center.

American Century Investments:  Offering 403(b) mutual fund custodial accounts.  Contact a dedicated professional:  1-800-345-3533

VALIC:  Offering 403(b) annuity products.  Contact Colin McDonnell, Kris Kartub, or Kathy Arendsen: 541-687-2221.

Voya:  Offering 403(b) annuity products.  Contact John Van Ravenhorst or Elle Brooks: 541-343-2928

The TSA Plan Salary Reduction form may be found on the 4J benefits webpage:
http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/benefits/faqs-forms-and-publications/.  Forms are also available in the Financial Services department.

Check Your Paystub!

Active employees and retirees still receiving a paycheck will see the new insurance rates that took effect October 1, 2018, reflected on their 10/31/2018 paystub.  Retirees who have arranged for payment from a bank account will see the change in rates in the November 5, 2018 ACH payment.

Under the Pre-Tax Deductions section of your wage statement, you should see your monthly insurance premium as well as any money you deposit into a Flexible Spending Account or Tax Sheltered Annuity.  If you purchased optional life insurance, you’ll see the premiums for that coverage in the After-Tax Deductions.

Please take a few minutes to verify that your deductions and plan elections are correct.

Classified Professional Education Program (PEP) Fund Information

The purpose of the fund is to provide opportunities in professional development and is intended to help classified employees improve professional knowledge, competence, skills, and effectiveness relevant to their current district position.

The program allows for reimbursement for job-related training activities, tuition reimbursement, registration or material costs, and conferences and workshops.

Normal program rules allow one request per fiscal (school) year, up to $300 for workshops, classes, books or other expenses related to professional development.  Requests are processed on a first-come, first served basis until funds run out.   PEP fund requests can be found on the HR website: http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/forms/

Send completed forms to PEP Fund, Ed Center Attn: Classified Benefits Coordinator

Meet the New 4J Wellness Clinic Providers

You are cordially invited to an Open House on November 14, 2018 at the 4J Wellness Clinic from 4:30pm-6:30pm to meet our two new providers, Thor Hauff and Michelle Davila.

Developing relationships with a trusted primary medical provider leads to better outcomes and more effective preventative care.  We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity!  We are excited for you to meet and develop strong and positive provider relationships with Michelle and Thor.
Let’s start this process with a little background information about our new team members:

Thor Hauff, FNP-C

Thor’s training has been through his 26 year military career that included Army and Air Force service. He has worked as an RN in emergency care, medical/surgical, telemetry, outpatient, long term care, home health, and labor and delivery.  He received his FNP through USUHS, the militaries medical school in Bethesda, MD Aug of 2009.  His last job was at Eugene Urgent Care for 3 years (some of you might know him from there).  Throughout his time in urgent care his love for primary care and that relationship with his patients was dearly missed. Thor’s medical approach is science and evidence based.  He believes in improving the overall health of his patients and not just focusing on the symptoms.  Thor is married with 4 children ages 19, 16, 14, and 12 years old. His spouse, Nicole, is a stay at home mom and a photographer. Thor enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, golf, tennis, and other “lifetime” sports. Thor and his family are thankful to be settling down in the Willamette Valley to do what he loves, caring for patients.

Michelle Davila, FNP

FNP- Michelle and her family have lived in Oregon for 6 years. She has previously provided primary care at two federally qualified health centers (FQHC), one of which was a school based health center.  Prior to this experience she worked with adolescents and young adults at a youth academy and a college health center. Michelle earned her BSN from UT Health Science Center, her MSN from TX A&M University and her DNP from the University of Colorado. She enjoys working with individuals to optimize health through nutrition and daily activity. She likes seeing pediatric patients especially adolescents. Although her own adolescent cringes to think her mom will be taking care of her teachers, Michelle is thrilled to have this opportunity to better the health of the 4J community. Michelle enjoys hiking, jogging, reading and knitting in her spare time.

We hope to see you on November 14th at the Open House. We are confident that you’ll see what we see in these excellent new providers.

Wellness Clinic Closure Dates

The 4J Wellness Clinic will be closed the following dates:

Thanksgiving – November 22 & 23, 2018

Winter Break: – December 24 – January 1, 2019

Regular clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  To schedule an appointment, please call 541-686-1427.

Farewell Friends,
I want to take a moment to let you know that I am leaving my position as Classified Benefits Coordinator.  I will be starting a new position at Facilities at the end of this month.

I have enjoyed my tenure here, and I appreciate having had the opportunity to provide assistance and support to you.
Even though I will miss my service to you, I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career
Thanks again for everything.  I wish you all the best.

For questions regarding health benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Moda benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Kaiser benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Willamette Dental Group benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding eligibility, contact OEBB:

To access the Employee Assistance Program:

For questions regarding life or long term disability insurance:

For questions regarding a Flexible Spending Plan:

  • PacificSource Administrators – 541-485-7488
  • psa.pacificsource.com/PSA/

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.  Some trails are happy ones, others are blue.  It’s the way you ride the trail that counts, here’s a happy one for you!
Dale Evans

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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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Proposed Bond Measure: Every Student, Every School

Bond measure would fund improvements for every 4J school if approved Nov. 6

Measure 20–297, the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot, would fund improvements at every 4J school and for every student if it is approved by voters.

Every school would receive safety and security improvements, new curriculum materials and technology upgrades for a 21st century education.

At every high school, the bond would enhance career technical education (vocational) opportunities and improve athletic facilities to be more equitable for girls and boys.

Many schools would have additional facility improvements, depending on the age and condition of the building.

In addition, the bond would pay to replace three aging school buildings with high-quality facilities built for school safety, modern seismic standards, sustainability, and 21st century education: Edison Elementary School, Camas Ridge Elementary School and North Eugene High School.

What would the bond measure provide at each school? 

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Churchill Region

Adams Elementary School (constructed in 1949)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency

Arts & Technology Academy (2017)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, athletic facilities

Chávez Elementary School (2004) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials

Chinese Immersion School (1963) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs

Churchill High School (1966) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, athletic facilities, career technical education

ECCO (Bailey Hill site, 1949)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency, career technical education

Family School (1963)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs

Kennedy Middle School (1965) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs

McCornack Elementary School (1968) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency

Twin Oaks Elementary School (1958) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency

Learn more: Churchill region info sheet

North Eugene Region

Awbrey Park Elementary School (1967)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency

Corridor Elementary School (relocating) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials

Howard Elementary School (2016) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials

Kelly Middle School (1945) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency, athletic facilities

Madison Middle School (2005) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, athletic facilities

North Eugene High School (1957) 
New building
, safety and security, technology, learning materials, athletic facilities, career technical education

River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School (2017)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials

Spring Creek Elementary School (1964) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, building repairs

Yujin Gakuen Elementary School (relocating) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials

Learn more: North Eugene region info sheet

Sheldon Region

Buena Vista Elementary School (1960)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency

Cal Young Middle School (2006)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, athletic facilities

Gilham Elementary School (1966)
Classroom additions, safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs

Holt Elementary School (2004)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials

Monroe Middle School (1965) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency

Sheldon High School (1963) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, athletic facilities, career technical education

Willagillespie Elementary School (1950s) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs

Learn more: Sheldon region info sheet

South Eugene Region

Adams Elementary School
(see Churchill region) 

Camas Ridge Elementary School (1949) 
New building, safety and security, technology, learning materials

Charlemagne Elementary School (1959) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs

Edgewood Elementary School (1962)
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs

Edison Elementary School (1925) 
New building, safety and security, technology, learning materials

Fox Hollow Campus (1967) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs

Roosevelt Middle School (2016) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials

South Eugene High School (1953) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, energy efficiency, athletic facilities, career technical education

Spencer Butte Middle School (1960) 
Safety and security, technology, learning materials, roofing, building repairs, athletic facilities

Learn more: South Eugene region info sheet

 

How would these improvements be paid for?

If the bond measure is approved by voters, it would provide $319.3 million for school improvements, and the state of Oregon would provide $8 million in matching funds.

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.

If the bond measure is not approved by voters, the district would not receive the proposed bond funds or the state matching funds to pay for school improvements. 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.

Without bond funds, 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. Money for repairs and maintenance would come out of the budget for classroom education.

 

How to vote in the November 6 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.
• The bond measure is Measure 20-297. It will be at or near the end of the ballot, and may be on the back side.
• Completed ballots must be returned to 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.

 

Learn more

Bond measure information   

 

This information, except for website links, was reviewed by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office for compliance with ORS 260.432. (SH 18-126)

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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – October 2018 – Issue 306

Eugene Education Association - EEA

4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • October 9, 2018 • Issue Number 306

COPING WITH CHANGE AND TRANSITION WELLNESS CLASS

The 4J Joint Benefits Committee, in partnership with Cascade Health, is offering a free Coping with Change and Transition wellness class to 4J employees. The class will take place:

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Education Center Auditorium

Life is full of times of change, transition and uncertainty. Whether it is a job change, financial insecurity, a health scare or a shaky relationship, we are often going about our day with a mind full of worry and stress. In this training you will learn practical tips you can utilize in your daily life, to help with symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression during times of uncertainty, change and transition.

To sign up, please reply by Friday, October 19th to Julie Wenzl: wenzl@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7682.

FENDING OFF THE FLU

You may always cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze into your elbow without fail, but this still may not be enough to prevent the spread of the flu. New research shows that people can spread the flu just by breathing. Flu patients routinely shed infections virus into aerosol particles small enough to present a risk for airborne transmission.

Since it’s not practical to stay home all winter to try and avoid catching the flu, the next best thing is to try and protect yourself as much as possible. While the flu vaccine cannot guarantee you won’t get the flu, it’s still highly recommended as part of your prevention strategy. Even if you are lucky enough to never get the flu, getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial, even into January or later.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and keep your distance from others when you are sick.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.

FLU SHOT OPTIONS

If you are not able to attend the 4J flu shot clinics and have OEBB/Moda insurance, you can receive a flu shot at an in-network pharmacy – no copayment necessary.

Call ahead of time to make sure the pharmacy has the vaccine you need. Show your Moda Health ID card to the pharmacist for billing before receiving a vaccine – otherwise it may not be covered.

The following participating chain pharmacies provide vaccines:

  • Rite Aid
  • Fred Meyer
  • Target
  • Bi-Mart
  • Safeway
  • Albertson Savon

Walgreens is not a participating pharmacy.

For a complete list of in-network pharmacies or if you have questions, call Moda Health Pharmacy Customer Service at 8669230411.

RATES AND DEDUCTIBLES

Medical, vision, pharmacy and dental plans are administered on a plan-year basis. The new plan year begins October 1, 2018, and goes through September 30, 2019. The deductible and accruals toward maximum out-of-pocket reset October 1 regardless of whether they were met the previous plan year. However, if you did not meet your medical deductible during the previous plan year and had continuous coverage, any expenses applied to your medical deductible during the last 3 months of the previous plan year will be carried over and applied to the medical deductible for the new plan year.

While the new insurance rates take effect October 1st, we pay our monthly insurance premiums at the end of the month, not the beginning. Thus, active employees and retirees still receiving a paycheck will see the rate change reflected in the October 31st paychecks. Retirees who have arranged for payment from a bank account will see the change in rates in the November 5th ACH payment.

Please check your paycheck or bank statement to verify that you have been charged the correct amount for your insurance elections.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS

Like our insurance plan year, the new FSA plan year will begin October 1, 2018, and run through September 30, 2019. If you completed an online FSA enrollment for dependent care expenses and/or unreimbursed eligible health-related expenses, you should see the first deduction come out of your end of October paycheck.

If you have any questions, the PacificSource Administrators Customer Service number is 541-485-7488. You can access the PSA website at http://psa.pacificsource.com/PSA/.

CCM SYNERGY NETWORK MEDICAL HOME ELECTION

If you are enrolled in a CCM Synergy Network plan, remember that you must choose a Moda Medical Home (MMH). If you are covering dependents on your plan, they too must choose a MMH. Each member of your family can choose a different MMH if they desire. Moda Health will be mailing information about medical home selection to new CCM Synergy network enrollees soon.

If you were enrolled in a CCM Synergy Network plan for the 2017-18 plan year, your current MMH election should roll-over for the new plan year. If you need to name a MMH for the 2018-19 plan year, you will complete the process through Moda Health. MMH selection can be made one of the following ways:

  • Online: You can login to your myModa account and indicate your selected Medical Home for you, and any covered dependents under the age of 18. For dependents 18 and older, they will need to create their own myModa account and make their Medical Home selection. See modahealth.com/medicalhome for details.
  • Phone: You may contact Moda Health Customer Service at 866-923-0409 and provide your Medical Home selection. If you are new to a Synergy plan and making your Medical Home selection for the first time, you will be able to select Medical Homes for yourself and all covered dependents over the phone. Any changes made to Medical Home after the initial selection for dependents age 18 or older will need to be made by the dependents themselves.
  • E-mail: You can email OEBBquestions@modahealth.com to provide your Medical Home selection. Make sure to include:
    • Your first and last name
    • Your date of birth
    • Your subscriber ID
    • The name of your Medical Home, along with the address you will be visiting for primary care. If there is a specific doctor you would like to see within the Medical Home, include the doctor’s name. This is not required, but helps Moda locate the Medical Home if the business name differs from the practice name. You will be able to see any primary care provider within your Medical Home.

In order to change a MMH selection, use one of the options provided above. The change will be effective the first of the month following the notification of your new selection.

Note: The 4J Wellness Clinic is a recognized CCM Synergy provider and a Moda Medical Home. If you would like to select the 4J Wellness Clinic as your MMH, it is listed as Cascade Health Solutions at 200 N. Monroe Street, Eugene Oregon 97402.


The information in this newsletter has been summarized. It is presented as information – not advice or counsel. In all instances, the benefits, conditions, and limitations as outlined in the 4J Master Contracts prevail over this representation. Please refer to your Benefits booklet or master contracts available at the District offices for additional information regarding your benefits plans.

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter October 2018 Issue #2

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

2018-2019 Plan Rates and Deductibles

The new medical, vision, pharmacy and dental plan year begins October 1, 2018, and goes through September 30, 2019.

The deductible and accruals toward maximum out-of-pocket reset October 1st. regardless of whether they were met the previous plan year.  However, if you did not meet your deductible during the previous plan year and had continuous coverage, any expenses applied to your deductible during the last 3 months of the previous plan year will be carried over and applied to the deductible for the new plan year.

The new plan year insurance rates that take effect October 1st will be reflected in the October 31st paychecks or for retirees from your bank account November 5th.  Please check your paycheck or bank statement to verify you have been charged the correct amount for your insurance elections.

Kaiser Permanente Plan 2

New to Kaiser and need help with care transition?  Help is available at 1-888-491-1124 (TTY11), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The New Member Welcome Desk can help with choosing a primary care doctor, scheduling a routine appointment, transferring prescriptions, connecting with specialist, and connecting with specialty care for conditions such as cancer, renal disease, and connecting with a pharmacy for specialty prescriptions.

If you chose Kaiser Permanente Plan 2 as your new insurance coverage there are a few things to make your transition easier.  Getting Started (3 easy steps)

  1. Choose your primary care doctor:  Choose from a wide range of primary care doctors.  Browse the online doctor profiles at kp.org/newmember
  2. Register on kp.org: Once your coverage begins, you can register on kp.org and start using the many convenient features.
  3. Get prescriptions: help is available to transition your prescriptions to Kaiser Permanente (KP).  You can use the KP mail-order pharmacy or pick them up at one of 5 local network pharmacy locations.

More care options:  How you get care is up to you.  Choose a phone or video appointment, email your doctor’s office with routine questions, or make an in- person appointment.

PPO Connexus or CCM Synergy?  Moda Medical Home Election

For benefits beginning October 1, 2018, if you enrolled in a PPO Connexus Network plan, no action on your part is required.

If you enrolled in a CCM Synergy Network plan for the first time during open enrollment, you must select a Moda Medical Home (MMH) for each covered individual.  Each family member can choose a different MMH if they desire. Moda Health will be mailing information about medical home selection to new Synergy Network enrollees soon.

Contact Moda Health Customer Service at 866-923-0409 and confirm MMH selection with a Medical Customer Service Representative.

In order to change a medical home selection, members will need to select their new medical home and communicate the change to Moda Health using the option provided above. This change will be effective the first of the month following the notification of your new selection

If you were enrolled in a CCM Synergy Network plan for the 2017-18 plan year, your current MMH election should roll-over for the new plan year.

Coping with Change and Transition Workshop

The 4J Joint Benefits Committee, in partnership with Cascade Health, is offering a free “Coping with Change and Transition” wellness class.  The class will take place:

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Education Center Auditorium

Life is full of times of change, transition and uncertainty.  Whether it is a job change, financial insecurity, a health scare or a shaky relationship, we are often going about our day with a mind full of worry and stress.  In this training you will learn practical tips you can utilize in your daily life, to help with symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression during times of uncertainty, change and transition.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 19th to Diana McElhinney:  mcelhinney_d@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7679.

Sick Leave Bank Donation Reminder

Those who elected to join the 2018-19 Classified Sick Leave Bank during last May’s enrollment period will see the donation reflected as a sick leave deduction in the leave section on their September 30th paystub report. We had a total of 436 employees join the bank this year! Thanks for your support to members in need!

4J Flu Shot Clinics Fall 2018

Getting a flu shot is the best protection we have from the flu and its complications, although it cannot prevent all cases of the flu.  A flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person.  It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins.

The 2018-19 vaccine at the flu shot clinics will help protect against 4 different viruses.  The providers will be using latex-free prefilled syringes and the vaccine does not contain Thimerosal.  The staff administering the vaccine will need easy access to your upper arm—specifically the deltoid muscle below the shoulder.  Please dress accordingly.

Ed Center Auditorium, 200 N. Monroe Street

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018   3:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018     3:00-5:30 p.m.

Transportation Dept.

·         Tuesday, October 16, 2018    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

4J flu shot clinic eligibility extends to:          

* all active employees (even those who are not insurance eligible due to less than half-time status)
* all insurance eligible dependents of active employees, including those who have waived coverage
* all retirees and their dependents who are currently covered on the 4J insurance
* student teachers and substitutes (licensed and classified)

4J flu shot eligibility does not extend to:

*retirees who are no longer on the 4J insurance
*retirees’ dependents who are not on the 4J coverage

Our particular vaccine is not approved for children under age 10 – parents with children under 10 years of age should contact their pediatrician.  All children 10-16 years of age must have a parent or guardian with them to be vaccinated.

Other Flu Shot Options

If you can’t make the 4J flu shot clinics and have OEBB/Moda insurance, you can receive a flu shot at a network pharmacy – no copayment necessary! Call ahead of time to make sure the pharmacy has the vaccine you need.  Show your Moda Health ID card to the pharmacist for billing before receiving a vaccine – otherwise it may not be covered.

The following Moda participating chain pharmacies provide vaccines:  Fred Meyer, Target, Bi-Mart, Albertson Savon, Rite Aid and Safeway.  Remember that Walgreens is not a participating pharmacy.

Kaiser Permanente Members:  Kaiser offers drop-in flu shot clinics every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., (Monday through Friday) at the downtown clinic office located at 101 W. 13th Avenue. Please call 541-228-3100 for more information.

Flexible Spending Dates

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan year begins October 1, 2018, and runs through September 30, 2019.  If you submitted an FSA enrollment for dependent care expenses and/or unreimbursed health expenses, you should see the first deduction come out of your October paycheck.

If you had a 2017-18 Flexible Spending Account and did not use all of your FSA money set aside for unreimbursed eligible health-related expenses, up to $500 of that unused money rolled over into the new 2018-19 plan year.

Because you have until December 31, 2018, to submit receipts for expenses incurred during the October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018 plan year, the funds have not yet been released to cover expenses incurred on or after October 1, 2018.  PacificSource Administrators (PSA) allows a run out period of 90 days to submit claims for the recently concluded plan year.  The carryover of remaining funds will happen automatically after December 31, 2018.

Need your roll over amount sooner than January 1, 2019?  PacificSource will grant requests of funds to roll early; however, once the funds roll the member can no longer submit claims for the 2017/18 plan year.  Please be advised that any early roll requests take 7-10 days to complete.

If you had a Dependent Care FSA for the October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018 plan year, you have until December 31, 2018 to submit receipts, but any unused money left in that account at the end of the plan year is forfeited, as per IRS regulations.

If you have any questions, the PacificSource Administrators Customer Service number is 541-485-7488. You can access the PSA website at:  http://psa.pacificsource.com/PSA/.

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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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4J Staff Flu Shot Clinics 2018

School and district staff: Protect yourself against the flu!

Flu shot clinics for staff on October 11 & 16

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cdc_flushot_14220_loresGetting a flu shot is the best protection we have from the flu and its complications, although it cannot prevent all cases of the flu. A flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person.

4J will hold two flu shot clinics this fall for you and your eligible dependents (age 10 and over) to get this year’s vaccination.

The 2018–2019 vaccine available at the 4J clinics will help protect against four different influenza viruses. The providers will be using latex-free prefilled syringes and the vaccine does not contain thimerosal.

The staff administering the vaccine will need easy access to your upper arm—specifically the deltoid muscle below the shoulder. Please dress accordingly.

4J flu shot clinics

Ed Center Auditorium, 200 N. Monroe St.
• Thursday, October 11, 3–5:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, October 16, 3–5:30 p.m.

In this case, “dependents” refers to spouses and domestic partners, as well as insurance eligible children age 10 or over. All children 10–16 years of age must have a parent or guardian with them to be vaccinated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine, but there are different protocols for young children. The particular vaccine we will have available is not approved for children under 10, so if you have children you would like to get vaccinated who are not eligible for the 4J clinics, you will need to contact your pediatrician.

Flu shot eligibility extends to:
• all active employees (even those who are not insurance eligible due to less than half-time status)
• all insurance eligible dependents of active employees, including those who have waived coverage
• all retirees and their dependents who are currently covered on the 4J insurance
• student teachers and substitutes (licensed and classified)

Flu shot eligibility does not extend to:
• retirees who are no longer on the 4J insurance
• retirees’ dependents who are not on the 4J coverage (even when the retiree is still covered)

Other flu shot options

 

Kaiser Permanente Members:  Kaiser offers drop-in flu shot clinics every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., (Monday through Friday) at the downtown clinic office located at 101 W. 13th Avenue. Please call 541-228-3100 for more information.

Moda Health Members:  If you have Moda insurance, you can receive a flu shot at a network pharmacy — no copayment necessary.

Call ahead of time to make sure the pharmacy has the vaccine you need. Show your Moda Health ID card to the pharmacist for billing before receiving a vaccine — otherwise, it may not be covered.

The following participating chain pharmacies provide vaccines:

• Albertsons Savon
• Bi-Mart
• Fred Meyer
• Rite Aid
• Safeway
• Target

For a complete list of network pharmacies or if you have questions, call Moda Health Pharmacy Customer Service at 8669230411.

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