All Bethel schools will add one more day to the end of this school year. It’s part of a continuing effort to restore school days that were cut due to budget reductions.
The last day of school will be Thursday, June 11th. It means the day before Thanksgiving was the only budget reduction day this school year.
The District has been able to maintain a healthy reserve fund to use on another school day. The Bethel School Board also plans to hire more staff next fall to further reduce class size, fulfilling part of an agreement the District and teachers signed when all employees collectively made sacrifices during the heart of the recession.
All eyes now turn to the state legislature where funding for the coming school year is still being determined. Along with restoring school days and adding back staff, Bethel plans to begin full-day Kindergarten in September which makes adequate funding from the state all the more important.
They are instrumental to the operation of every aspect of Bethel School District, and this week we take time to pay special thanks to our Classified employees.
They work directly with kids, parents, other educators, volunteers and community members, and are critical to the success of Bethel students.
Classified employees assist classroom teachers, serve up healthy meals, provide safe transportation, clean and maintain our facilities, manage offices, and perform many other vital tasks every day for the benefit of Bethel children.
Thank a Classified employee today.
Phase 2 of the Willamette High School construction project has begun with the demolition of the old science classrooms. A new school front office will be built in its place, with a second story that includes a 90 seat horseshoe-shaped tiered lecture hall. The project is expected to be complete this summer.
Here is a time lapse of the demolition of the old science classrooms.
At the request of the Eugene Police Department, Willamette High School went into lockdown shortly after noon today. Police had received a report of someone with a knife at the back of the campus. Students were kept safe inside for about 25 minutes until given clearance by the police. Neighboring schools Cascade and Malabon were also put on lockdown.
Students were encouraged to send text messages to their families during the lockdown in an effort to be more clear in communicating the circumstances.
A WHS student with a small pocket knife was identified and questioned. Police determined there was no harm intended but appropriate school consequences will follow.
This is a reminder to all students (and parents) that weapons – no matter how small or seemingly harmless – are not permitted on any Bethel School District campus.