Bethel School District

Eugene, Oregon USA

Refinancing Saves Bethel Taxpayers…Again

A 2015 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new Willamette Science and Office complex. Bethel bonds that funded the new building are being paid off sooner, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Just a few years after saving Bethel residents $1,500,000 in taxes, Bethel School District has saved another $780,000 for property owners.

The District has once again refinanced its bonded debt. As a result, Bethel will repay the debt more rapidly than originally anticipated, resulting in fewer tax dollars being spent on interest.

The bonds were used to build new Bethel schools and make dozens of other improvements.

The savings is similar to refinancing the mortgage on a home, with the goal of paying less over the long-term.

Bethel School District saved taxpayers $1.5 million in 2011 by shortening older bonds and securing lower interest rates.

Snow Day Make-Up Plans

Bethel has already been forced to implement six Snow Days and two Late Starts due to wintry weather.

Plans have been set to make up some of the lost classroom time due to the six Snow Days and two Delayed Starts we have already experienced.

The changes will allow students to recover meaningful instructional time without putting a big dent in families’ summer plans.

Here are the changes:

  • February 13 (high school Inservice Day) will become a school day for all district students
  • February 20 (Presidents Day) will become a school day for all students
  • March 3 (K-8 Inservice Day) will become a school day for all students
  • Monday June 19th, and Tuesday June 20th will be full school days for all K-11 students (seniors will have already graduated)
  • June 20th will now be the last day of school for K-11 students (it will be a full-day, not an early release)
  • WHS graduation day will remain on June 9th
  • If we have additional Snow Days this winter we will add them to the calendar after June 20th

Parents are asked to mark these changes on their calendars and plan to have their children in school on these days.

All Bethel students will now be in the classroom for more hours than is required by the state, and we want to provide as much meaningful instructional time as possible. The cancelled school days have shown that each day of instruction is important for our children.

Witnessing History Being Made

After following and studying the presidential campaign and election since September, the Current Events class at Willamette High School watched live the inauguration of the 45th president.

Students were very engaged in the presidential debates and election night, and also studied the history of presidential campaigns in America.

Despite divergent opinions during the election season, students in the Current Events class were respectful of the inauguration process and its representation of the peaceful transition of power.

Although the campaign, election and inauguration are now history, the Current Events students will no doubt have plenty of happenings to study in the coming months.

MLK Day Of Service At WHS

Willamette students, staff and volunteers worked on a campus beautification project during the Day of Service on MLK Day.

Willamette High School students, staff, and volunteers took part in a Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Students from the National Honor Society and the Rotary Interact Club worked on a beautification project in the cold weather, clearing garden beds and spreading new bark around WHS.

Each year volunteers respond to MLK’s sermon published in 1963: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’

For the last several years WHS students have taken part in Day of Service projects around campus on MLK Day, starting a tradition of giving back to the school community.