The Bethel School Board has decided against asking voters to approve a bond measure for the May ballot. The bond would have funded repairs and upgrades in Bethel’s schools.
Voters throughout Eugene will already be considering an income tax for school operations in May, and the School Board did not want its bond measure being confused with the income tax proposal.
A recent professional survey indicated strong local support for Bethel School District, and support for a bond measure that would have covered repairs, textbook replacements, technology upgrades and student safety mechanisms without raising the current tax rate.
Willamette Senior Jorge Lopez Contreras will be one of the featured speakers at a statewide rally for education at the state capital.
Organized by the child advocacy group Stand For Children, the Salem rally on President’s Day is an attempt to show legislators the strong support for education in Oregon. The annual gathering on the capitol steps attracts hundreds if not thousands of people.
Contreras was a recent winner of a $2,500 Beat the Odds scholarship from Stand For Children. He is also a Mr. Wolverine contestant, a member of the Student Health Center’s Teen Advisory Council, an appointed member of the Superintendent’s Long-Term Budget Planning Committee, and the student representative to the Bethel School Board.
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In the wake of the weekend deaths of two South Eugene High School boys, Willamette students are sending their condolences in the form of a 15 foot banner.
WHS students have been encouraged to write personal messages on the banner, which will be delivered to South.
Those involved in the Mr. Wolverine Pageant are behind the idea of the banner because the two South Eugene boys who drowned in an accident on the Oregon coast were part of the Mr. Axeman Pageant. Both school’s popular events are designed to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
Hundreds of Bethel kids are now putting their reading comprehension skills on the line. Oregon Battle of the Books teams are squaring off to determine individual school champions. The winners will advance to the District’s OBOB competition and the state regional tournament.
OBOB is a quick recall competition based on students’ ability to answer questions about pre-selected novels. Each of Bethel’s schools stage their own in-school OBOB competitions to determine which four-person teams earn a trip to the OBOB Regional competition.
OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, and to increase reading comprehension.