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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

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

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

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

 

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

Consent Form | Vaccine Information | Información Sobre Vacunas 

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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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.

Bond Information Sheet (English / Español)

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

Bond Information Sheet (English / Español)
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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4J Launches SafeOregon Tip Line

School safety concerns? Students and others can now report through SafeOregon system 

A safe learning environment is a critical part of helping each child achieve academic success. To help students feel safe and be safe, Eugene School District 4J is offering the SafeOregon tip line as another way students and families can report school or student safety concerns.

How does the SafeOregon tip line work?

The statewide SafeOregon system is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is easy to use and tips may be reported anonymously.

You can report bullying, threats, violence, drugs or other concerns in several ways:

  • Online: app.safeoregon.com
  • Telephone: 1-844-4-SAFE-OR (1-844-472-3367)
  • Text: 1-844-4-SAFE-OR (1-844-472-3367)
  • Email: tip@safeoregon.com
  • Mobile app: download the Safe Oregon app on your smart phone or other mobile device

What happens when tips are reported? 

All tips go immediately to a tip line technician. Tips are promptly analyzed and forwarded to designated school personnel who will work to resolve reported incidents.

Why is there a need for a tip line?

Safety concerns of all kinds can be reported through one system—you don’t have to know who to call, just go to SafeOregon to share your concerns and information.

In addition, a significant reason when children do not report student or school safety concerns is the fear of retaliation from their peers. Using the SafeOregon system, tips can be made from the privacy of a telephone, smartphone, personal computer or other internet-equipped device, eliminating the possibility of being identified by another student. This is intended to increase the likelihood that a safety threat will be reported.

Learn more: 

To learn more about the 24/7 tip line, visit the SafeOregon website at www.safeoregon.com

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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:
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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:
https://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/benefits/open-enrollment/

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

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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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