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2017–18 School Supply Lists

Back-to-school sales will begin soon, long before classes do. Check your school’s supply list online before you start your back-to-school shopping.

Some schools provide a list of required supplies for each grade, while other schools or individual teachers buy the needed materials in bulk and ask families to pay a supplies fee.

Find your student’s school below for a link to the supply list for 2017–18. If you have any questions about your school’s list or the fee, please check with the school. School offices reopen in mid to late August.

Donations are greatly appreciated! If you would like to donate extra supplies or funds to buy supplies for students whose families are unable to pay for them, please contact the school office or an organization that collects donations for families in need. Thank you for your generosity.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

  
MIDDLE SCHOOLS

  
HIGH SCHOOLS

Because high school students’ course schedules and needs can vary so widely, high schools do not have preset supply lists for all students. For guidance on what supplies your student likely will need, please call the school office.

 

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2017 Summer Programs

Summer learning, free meals

Summer is here, and with it some no-cost opportunities for students to learn and stay nourished.

Free Meals: Kids are invited to eat breakfast and lunch for free this summer. NO forms to fill out. FREE for anyone 18 and under. The free summer food program is available in several 4J schools, starting June 26 at the high school locations and in July at the elementary and middle school locations. Free lunch also is available in many parks and community centers throughout Eugene this summer.

Summer Learning: 4J offers the following summer school programs by invitation only:

Summer Hours: Most district offices are open year-round. High school offices remain open through the summer, but operate on reduced hours. Elementary school and middle school offices close for the summer and reopen in August.

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Summer Office Hours at Schools

School’s out for summer! But you can still get in touch with a school or the district before classes begin in September.

Most central offices are open year-round. High school offices are open on a limited schedule during the summer. Elementary and middle schools close for part of the summer and reopen well before the start of school.

High Schools 

Churchill, North Eugene, Sheldon, South Eugene:
Summer hours: Open Mon–Thu. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m. Closed Fridays.
Regular hours resume August 14.

ECCO:
Closed for the summer.
Regular hours resume August 14.

Middle Schools

Closed for the summer.
Regular hours resume August 14.

Elementary Schools

Closed for the summer.
Open with limited hours on August 16 and 17.
Regular hours resume August 22.

Contact information for schools and district offices

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NS Planned Maintenance: 06/26/2017 @ 7:00pm

Planned
  • Software update on wireless controllers
Impact
  • Brief outages on the wireless data network at 7:00pm 6/26
Rollback window:
  • Rollback options are available for all scheduled work
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Dollars & Sense: Board Adopts 2017–18 Budget

Investments to strengthen the foundation of education

Budget provides full school year, holds the line on class sizes, restores student supports, plans for targeted investments if funding improves

The Eugene School Board has adopted a school district budget for 2017–18. The budget is aligned with the district’s 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan to strengthen the foundation of educational services for students and provide stability for future years. The budget:

  • Provides a full school year, the first since 2008–09 (a full school year was calendared in 2016–17, but was impacted by hazardous weather)
  • Holds the line on class sizes, keeping staffing ratios steady with increasing enrollment and setting aside resources to balance the most oversized classrooms in the fall
  • Supports full schedules for 10th grade students
  • Increases counseling support at elementary schools
  • Bolsters language immersion offerings with a new Chinese immersion program in the Churchill region and increased staffing for the Spanish and Japanese immersion programs in the North region
  • Maintains music and physical education specialist instruction time and teacher prep time at every elementary school
  • Plans ahead to balance potential cost increases by setting aside more contingency funds
  • and makes a number of other targeted investments to support student learning.

School districts are required by law to complete their budgets by June 30, which is often before state funding decisions are finalized. Based on a conservative estimate of state funding that is below current service level needs, this budget plan dips into reserves to maintain stability and make targeted investments to support student learning.

If the state legislature approves a higher level of school funding, the district will be able to reduce deficit spending and make additional targeted investments in the educational foundation. A State School Fund level of $8.2 billion or more could result in an additional $8 million or more for the Eugene School District. The budget document lays out some priorities for additional investments to restore and enhance services consistent with the 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan. The board and budget committee discussed priorities for funding additional services before the budget approval vote on June 21.

Priorities if additional resources become available include:

  • Reducing the largest class sizes by the targeted placement of additional teachers 
  • Supporting students with the greatest need with additions of elementary counselors, comprehensive learning center classrooms for cognitive and behavioral special education, and other programs to support special education
  • Keeping high school students on track to graduate with programs including online learning, truancy intervention, and graduation support
  • Updating outdated curriculum and technology, and
  • Reducing the operating deficit and retaining reserves to provide stability in the future.

The district’s budget committee approved the budget on May 24. The school board held a public hearing on the budget on June 7 before voting to adopt it on June 21. If the state school funding level increases over the conservative estimate used in planning the district’s budget, additions will be approved in a supplemental budget process in the fall.

The full budget document is available at www.4j.lane.edu/finance/docs.

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Time to Learn: Instruction Time Counts

Students deserve equal and adequate class time

Kids need to be in school, engaged in high-quality teaching and learning, as much as possible. In Eugene School District 4J, we’ve made strong strides toward achieving that goal by returning to a full school year with no furlough days.

Other critical changes are still needed. 4J schools have individual site-based schedules and calendars, and a close analysis has shown both that some schools provide too little learning time for students, and that there are big differences in the amount of time students are in class depending on which school they attend.

That’s not fair to our students and teachers, not best serving our community, and not acceptable to the district—a student’s neighborhood should not determine the extent of their education. We’re actively working to fix it. Our intent is to ensure that all 4J schools provide the quantity and quality of education that our community values and supports.

Several issues need to be addressed, and that work is underway: 

Ensuring educational equity

There are sharp differences between schools in the amount of time each student is in class learning, and each teacher is teaching students. Under current schedules, a student who attends the 4J elementary, middle and high schools offering the least amount of instruction time would receive 7 months—nearly a full school year—less schooling by graduation than a student attending the 4J schools with the most instruction time.

The district is negotiating with the teachers’ union to address these inequities and provide equal and sufficient teaching and learning time for all students and teachers. 

Creating a consistent calendar 

One evident solution is to move to a standard districtwide calendar—one calendar and schedule for all schools at each level, aligned across levels. Having a standard calendar would:
• provide equitable amounts of instruction time for students and teachers,
• allow coordinated opportunities for professional development, and
• create clear and consistent schedules for families,
• while still providing for teachers’ voice in site-based decisions about teaching and learning within the school day and week.

Any new calendar would be developed with input from staff, families and the community to replace the site-based early-release, late-start, and full-release days that currently are different at each school. The district is discussing this with the teachers’ association as an important issue in contract bargaining. 

Setting the standard 

What counts as instruction time? Oregon law allows a limited amount of certain activities that support learning but aren’t actual classroom learning time—recess, parent conferences and teacher professional development—to be counted toward instruction time. The appropriate level of credit, if any, is up to each school board and its community to decide. The 4J school board has approved a one-year plan applying about half of the allowed credits, as a short-term measure to allow schools to plan for the coming school year while a longer-term fix is resolved. 

Meeting more than the minimum 

All schools must provide at least the state-required amount of instruction time. We’re working to make sure that happens. Some current schedules at 4J elementary and high schools would fall short even if all of the credits allowable under state law were applied. Schools are adjusting their schedules to ensure they meet or exceed the requirements with the temporary credits the school board has approved for next year, while the district works toward a longer-term solution.

The bottom line 

Meeting the letter of the law is one thing. Meeting the spirit of the law and doing what’s right for students is another. The district is having important conversations about what our 4J students deserve, what expectations for teachers should be, and how to provide equitable teaching and learning time for students and teachers, no matter where they live, learn and work.

What do you think?

The district welcomes community feedback about this important issue. Public comment is invited at every school board meeting (see schedule at tinyurl.com/4Jboardbook) and the school board and superintendent receive emails sent to board@4j.lane.edu.

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter June 2016/17 Issue #8

OEBB Mandatory Open Enrollment Fall 2017

OEBB will end all current medical, vision, and dental plans effective September 30, 2016.  Therefore, members who wish to have medical, vision, and dental coverage for the October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018, 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, 2017, and will remain open through September 15, 2017.

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.

2017-18 Medical Plans

New this year:  Bariatric surgery benefit will expand to all covered adults, age 18 and older.  (Currently, this is a subscriber only benefit.)

During this fall’s open enrollment window, 4J employees and retirees will continue to have 3 Moda medical plans to choose from:  the Birch plan ($800 deductible), 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.  These systems of care have been shown to provide better health outcomes at lower costs.

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, which will be updated on an as-needed basis:  OEBBinfo.com

2017-18 Vision Plan

Benefits eligible employees will have a new vision plan provider effective October 1, 2017.  All 4J employees who opt for medical coverage will now enroll in the
OEBB VSP Choice Plus vision plan featuring vision exams, frames, and lenses available every 12 months.

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.  The Suncare benefit is available every 12 months.  OEBB will no longer apply the 12-month waiting period restrictions for members who waived vision coverage at initial eligibility.  Members enrolling in vision benefits during the upcoming open enrollment will have full benefits, regardless of prior vision enrollment or eligibility.

2017-18 Dental Plans

OEBB opted to consolidate the Delta Dental plans (formerly ODS) for the upcoming plan year and the current ODS Dental Plan 4 will no longer be available.  4J employees will have 3 dental plans to choose from for the plan year that begins October 1, 2017:  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.  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.  The Willamette Dental Plan, which is currently available in 4J, has removed the $52 buy-up charge for large, enamel colored fillings on back teeth.  This change will allow members and the dentist to choose the filling material that is best suited for their needs.

All three dental plans will have coverage for athletic mouth guards.  At Willamette Dental, athletic mouth guards will be covered with a $100 copay, plus the office visit copay of $20 per visit.  This benefit will be available to Willamette Dental enrolled members every 12 months.  On the Delta Dental plans, athletic mouth guards will be covered at 50%, after the $50 deductible.  Additional details about all of the dental plans will be included in your open enrollment materials.

Remember, OEBB rules require a 12-month waiting period for late enrollments to a dental plan.  If you didn’t enroll yourself or a dependent in dental coverage when initially eligible, then choose to enroll during an open enrollment period, whoever is being added to coverage will only be eligible for diagnostic and preventive services for the first full 12 months of coverage – no restorative services or orthodontia.

Healthy Futures Continues/Improves

No More spouse/partner requirement:  The Healthy Futures program will continue for members who wish to participate.  Part of the requirement for completion is the Health Risk Assessment, which must be completed between August 15, 2017 and October 15, 2017.  If you cover a spouse or domestic partner on your 4J insurance, he/she will no longer be required to complete a Health Assessment in order to fulfill the Healthy Futures requirement.  The Health Assessment is only required of the OEBB enrolled member.  However, your spouse/partner is always welcome to complete a Health Assessment.  To review the details of the Healthy Futures program requirements, please visit: OEBBincentive.com.

You can access the Health Assessment by logging into your myModa account:  https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/members/.

Feeling Stressed Out?  Relief is Just a Breath Away

Relax and take a deep breath.  It’s a common recommendation from physicians and friends who seek to help you reach a state of calm when you’re feeling frazzled.  Breathing is an essential and automatic function.  But with a deliberate focus on breathing, it’s a proven tool for healing and wellbeing.  Mere minutes of conscious breathing can help you feel better and think more clearly.

Conscious breathing can change your physiological state.  When we feel stress, our heart rate may increase, our breathing may get shallow, blood pressure can rise, and we might go into fight, flight or freeze mode.  We can actively shift that response by using slow deep breaths and activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Sometimes referred to as the “rest and digest” system, the parasympathetic nervous system slows heart rate, is active during digestion, and helps bring equilibrium to the body.  Deep breathing helps you calm down.  That’s why it’s an integral part of many yoga, tai chi and meditation classes.  To gain the benefits of focused breathing, however, you don’t need a formal or lengthy practice. Here are a few simple strategies as ways to incorporate the calm of deep breathing into daily life:

Coherent Breathing: When you inhale, heart rate increases slightly; when you exhale, it decreases.  This difference in heart rhythm is called “heart rate variability” and it is beneficial to the heart and body.  Coherent breathing creates a relaxed yet alert state by focusing on the in-and out-breaths.  How it’s done:  Sit comfortably upright, supporting your back if desired.  Take a few deep breaths, allowing the belly to balloon outwards.  Relax the mind as much as possible.  Once you feel a bit more relaxed, begin the practice as follows:

1. Exhale to a count of six.
2.  Allow several normal breath cycles to complete, and      then again focus on exhaling to a count of six.
3.  Let the breaths be smooth, and feel the body relaxing.
4.  Switch your focus by inhaling to a six-count.
5.  Again, allow your body to breathe in and out naturally several times.  Focus on the next six-count inhalation every few breaths.
6.  Combine these by inhaling for six and exhaling for six.  There’s no need for every breath in and out to be a six-count.  But eventually, the idea is to piece together this rhythm without force.  Allow your body to ease into it.

The STOP Practice:  This technique is an efficient and effective mindfulness method to create a pause or shift in the middle of the day.  Do the STOP practice for about one minute after a stressful event, or before talking to someone under pressure.  The acronym guides the practice:

Stop or slow what you are doing.
Take a few deep, slow breaths.
Observe how you are feeling in your body as you are      taking slower breaths.  Notice the thoughts and emotions.  Invite calm.
Proceed with what you were doing.

Try visualizing the breath as nourishing.  This can help create a more peaceful physical and mental state.  As you inhale, imagine giving yourself something positive – think of calm and ease.  When you exhale, think of releasing or letting go of stress.

Practice Not Perfection:  Perfection isn’t the goal of any of these practices.  People who have anxiety may try too hard to “do it right.”  It’s not about doing it right or trying to overly control it.  The practices are meant to be gentle and unforced.  Through time, this kind of attention can help decrease blood pressure as well as reduce other ill effects of stress, including headaches, digestive issues, and depression.

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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 Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – June 2017 – Issue 297

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4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • June 14, 2017 • Issue Number 297

OEBB MANDATORY OPEN ENROLLMENT – FALL 2017

OEBB will end all current medical, vision, and dental plans effective September 30, 2017. Members who wish to have medical, vision, and dental coverage for the October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018, 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, 2017, and will remain open through September 15, 2017.

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. OEBB will send information about plan designs and offerings, but rate information and other details specific to 4J employees will come from 4J.

2017-18 MEDICAL/PHARMACY PLANS

During this fall’s mandatory open enrollment window, 4J employees and retirees will continue to have 3 Moda medical plans to choose from: the Birch plan ($800 in-network deductible), the Cedar plan ($1,200 in-network deductible, and the Dogwood plan ($1,600 in-network deductible). Each medical plan has a separate deductible for out-of-network providers, and that deductible is two times the in-network deductible. The new plan year will start October 1, 2017, and will run through September 30, 2018.

In addition to selecting a medical plan, members must opt for either an OEBB Moda Connexus network plan or a Synergy network plan. Synergy network plans operate under a coordinated care model (CCM) and Connexus network plans are preferred provider organization (PPO) plans.

Members who enroll in a CCM Synergy network plan will be required to select a medical home, and any covered dependents will need to choose a medical home as well. Each family member may select a different medical home and must use that designated medical home for preventive and primary care needs in order to receive in-network benefits. Individuals who are currently enrolled in a CCM Synergy network plan and who have already selected a medical home will not need to re-select a medical home unless they want to make a change to that designation. Individuals may change a medical home designation during the plan year – the requested change will take effect the first of the month following the notification of the new election. Pharmacy expenses for CCM Synergy network plans accrue toward the annual medical out-of-pocket (OOP) limit.

Members who opt for a PPO Connexus network plan do not need to name a Moda medical home, but do need to see in-network providers to receive the highest level of benefits. Pharmacy expenses accrue toward the annual maximum cost share limit but not toward the medical OOP.

This is not a complete summary of the differences between the CCM Synergy and PPO Connexus network plans. 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, which will be updated on an as-needed basis: OEBBinfo.com

2017-18 VISION PLAN

4J employees will have a new vision plan provider available effective October 1, 2017. All 4J employees who opt for medical coverage will now enroll in the OEBB VSP Choice Plus vision plan. Vision exams, frames, and lenses are available every 12 months. Additional details about the new vision plan will be included in your open enrollment materials.

Don’t need prescription glasses? The VSP plan offers the Suncare benefit. With a $20 copay, members can receive a $300 allowance for ready-made non-prescription sunglasses instead of prescription glasses or contacts. The Suncare benefit is available every 12 months.

OEBB will no longer apply the 12-month waiting period restrictions for members who waived vision coverage at initial eligibility. Members enrolling in vision benefits during the upcoming open enrollment will have full benefits, regardless of prior vision enrollment or eligibility.

2017-18 DENTAL PLANS

OEBB opted to consolidate the Delta Dental plans (formerly ODS) for the upcoming plan year and the current ODS Dental Plan 4 will no longer be available. 4J employees will have 3 dental plans to choose from for the plan year that begins October 1, 2017: 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. 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. The Willamette Dental Plan, which is currently available in 4J, has removed the $52 buy-up charge for large, enamel colored fillings on back teeth. This change will allow members and the dentist to choose the filling material that is best suited for their needs. The Willamette Dental Plan includes orthodontia.

All three dental plans will have coverage for athletic mouth guards. At Willamette Dental, athletic mouth guards will be covered with a $100 copay, plus the office visit copay of $20 per visit. This benefit will be available to Willamette Dental enrolled members every 12 months. On the Delta Dental plans, athletic mouth guards will be covered at 50%, after the $50 deductible. Additional details about all of the dental plans will be included in your open enrollment materials.

Remember, OEBB rules require a 12-month waiting period for late enrollments to a dental plan. If you didn’t enroll yourself or a dependent in dental coverage when initially eligible, then choose to enroll during an open enrollment period, whoever is being added to coverage will only be eligible for diagnostic and preventive services for the first full 12 months of coverage – no restorative services or orthodontia.

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. Individuals who seek counseling services through the EAP will have up to 5 sessions of assistance per issue at no cost. Active licensed 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.

HEALTHY FUTURES PROGRAM

The Healthy Futures program will continue for members who wish to participate. Part of the requirement for completion is the Health Risk Assessment, which must be completed between August 15, 2017 and October 15, 2017. If you cover a spouse or domestic partner on your 4J insurance, he/she will no longer be required to complete a Health Assessment in order to fulfill the Healthy Futures requirement. The Health Assessment is only required of the OEBB-enrolled employee or retiree. However, your spouse/partner is always welcome to complete a Health Assessment. To review the details of the Healthy Futures program requirements, please visit: OEBBincentive.com.

You can access the Health Assessment by logging into your myModa account: https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/members/.

MANGO SORBET

Nutrition Action Newsletter suggests this recipe for a taste of summer.

In a food processor, purée 3 cups chopped mango, 2 cups chopped pineapple, 2 bananas, and ½ cup unsweetened canned coconut milk until very smooth. Pour into a large sealable bag, lay flat, and freeze until solid, 3 – 4 hours. Break into chunks and process until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes. Makes 10 half-cup servings.

SUMMER BREAK

Like all teachers, I will be out of the office after June 23rd. However, I will be periodically checking voicemail and e-mail during the summer. If you need to reach me, please call or send an e-mail, and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

I wish you all a fantastic summer break!


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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Weigh In: North Region Visioning Survey

Share your views, shape your schools
Help define future of North Eugene area

Survey: http://bit.ly/4JNorthRegionSurvey

Eugene School District 4J is working to support and strengthen schools across the district, starting in the North Eugene region, and we want to hear from you.

Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to share your needs, concerns, and desires for North Region schools. Please take 5 minutes to complete an anonymous survey between now and Friday, June 23. Your input is important.

North Region Community Survey
open through Friday, June 23 
http://bit.ly/4JNorthRegionSurvey

This community survey is one part of the North Region Visioning Process—an opinion- and idea-gathering process involving North Region parents, students, school staff and community members, following on the districtwide 4J Vision 20/20 strategic planning process. The aim is to identify and implement a unified vision for North Region schools in the coming years.

If you have questions about the North Region survey or visioning process, please call 4J Instructional Services at 541-790-7550.

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Board Commends Superintendent in Annual Evaluation

Superintendent noted for educational leadership, student-centric focus and systemic approach

The Eugene School Board has completed its annual performance evaluation of the superintendent, Dr. Gustavo Balderas. The board commended Dr. Balderas’s leadership during his second year as superintendent of Eugene School District 4J.

The superintendent’s annual evaluation focused on five areas: student achievement, staff capacity building, stewardship of district resources, stakeholder engagement as well as relationship with the school board, and leadership and professionalism.

Board Chair Mary Walston noted, “Dr. Balderas continues to provide exceptional educational leadership for the district and approaches his work and role with an intense student-centric focus. He continues to refine and develop a more systemic approach to district practices to ensure that students’ learning and well-being are at the core of everything the district does.”

The board’s overview of its assessment of the superintendent follows.

 


Executive Summary of Eugene School Board’s Performance Evaluation of Dr. Gustavo Balderas
Eugene School District 4J – Board of Directors
June 7, 2017 

The Board of Directors of Eugene School District 4J has completed its annual performance evaluation of the superintendent, Dr. Gustavo Balderas. Now completing his second year, Superintendent Balderas continues to demonstrate success in his role and the board commends him for his job performance.

Dr. Balderas has become a respected education and community leader. He is known for being accessible to students, parents, staff, board members and the larger community and is to be commended for this quality. He has joined a number of organizations and has sought to become more fully engaged in the community even as he tends to the demanding schedule of the superintendent.

Dr. Balderas takes the time to listen and meet with a wide variety of people, both internal and external to the district. This is critical to his success and the success of the district. Dr. Balderas regularly communicates with board members and other stakeholders to keep them involved with decisions that impact the district. His weekly updates and monthly meetings with each board member are very helpful and the board thanks Dr. Balderas for his efforts in this regard.

Dr. Balderas is focused on students and student learning. He approaches all of his work, direction to staff and decisions with this student-centric lens. The board deeply appreciates the superintendent’s laser focus on students and being an advocate for all students in his work.

Dr. Balderas has done a fine job in creating and serving as a guiding force for his cabinet and management team. With that team he has been quietly but effectively creating systems and practices to not only enhance efficiency and increase educational equity, but also unify the district.

Last year Dr. Balderas and his staff undertook a strategic planning process as a means to provide a roadmap for the district’s future and to focus district resources to better serve students. The strategic planning process also is another step toward creating coherent systems and a departure from the silos of the past.

Articulating the details and fully engaging board members in the 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan is an area for continued effort during the next year. As the plan is implemented, it is critical that board members, staff and community be able to accurately describe what is in the plan and understand their role in achieving its goals.

In conclusion, the board feels fortunate to have Dr. Balderas leading the district and looks forward to his next year in this role.

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