Bethel School District

Eugene, Oregon USA

BEF Surprises With $22,000 In Grants

In a scene repeated through the district, Danebo’s Angie Johnson reacts after being surprised with a grant from the Bethel Education Foundation’s Executive Director, Dawnja Johnson.

More than $22,000 has been handed out to Bethel educators, courtesy of the Bethel Education Foundation.

The BEF’s 10th annual grant award parade surprised 33 tearful, cheering and grateful teachers, including at least one at every Bethel school.

The BEF was formed by a group of active Bethel parents in 2009 and has since donated more than $230,000 in classroom grants to enhance students’ educational experience.

The 2019 grants covered a wide variety of requests such as graphic novels, weighted vests, gardening equipment, yearbook cameras, Ozobots, music programs, and cooking materials.

Click here for a look at some of the awards being presented.

District Saves Taxpayers Millions

The bonds that helped fund Willamette’s new science building have been refinanced, saving Bethel taxpayers millions over the life of the bonds.

Bethel School District is saving residents nearly $2 million in taxes by refinancing its bonds.

These are the bonds that were used to build Malabon and Fairfield elementary schools, and Willamette’s Science building.

Similar to restructuring the mortgage on a home, refinancing at lower interest rates means the bonds can be paid off quicker and cost less on interest over the long-term.

Bethel School District has a history of seeking to reduce the tax burden on its residents. Similar restructuring saved Bethel taxpayers $1.5 million in 2011 and $780,000 in 2016.

The current school tax rate for Bethel residents is about 40% lower than what it was 10 years ago.

Melodrama For All To See

Group photo of student performers

The cast and crew for Willamette’s fall play rehearsed two months for this week’s performances.

After two months of rehearsals, Willamette’s fall play is ready to take the stage with performances of Miss Bunny Bunting’s Bonafide Belles or The Trail of the Tenebrous Tiara!

It will feature a daring damsel, a helpful hero, a harried headmistress, and the vilest of villains.

Opening night is tonight (Thursday), and two more performances are set for Friday and Saturday.

The doors at Willamette’s auditorium open at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: $4 for staff/students and $6 for general admission. Kids 6 and under are free.

Band On The Rise

Taking the stage in front of hundreds of school board members and school officials, the Meadow View Jazz Band received a standing ovation at the state school boards convention.

The Meadow View Jazz Band received a standing ovation for its performance at the Oregon School Boards Association state convention in Portland.

Honored by the selection to play before hundreds of school board members and superintendents from throughout Oregon, the Meadow View students impressed the audience with five numbers.

Band Director Josh Dillow applied back in the spring to play at the OSBA conference.

The Meadow View band has been rapidly improving, as evidenced by their 3rd place finish at the NW Jazz Festival at Mt. Hood Community College in May, and their recent invitation to play at the Oregon Music Educators Association convention in January.