Education Apr. 21
Multiple seats up for grabs across area school boards
As the May 18 Special Election nears, several area school boards have seats up for election, including Springfield, South Lane and Creswell boards, as well as Lane Community College.
All seats in the SLSD are contested, as are most in Springfield, and no seats are contested in Creswell and Pleasant Hill.
The Chronicle will be publishing candidate viewpoints and Q&A responses in upcoming editions.
Education Apr. 15
Springfield schools approve security upgrades
SPRINGFIELD – The public schools district board approved security system upgrades at Riverbend and Mt. Vernon elementary schools to address the limitations of current technology in assisting with identifying people in unlawful behavior and improve student safety.
FreeOregon High School Sports Mar. 31
OSAA says Season 3 sports won't have state tournaments
The Executive Board said Season 3 would be similar to the end of Season 2, when local districts used their discretion on how to end the seasons.
Community Mar. 18
Lane Community College schedules fall semester
Lane Community College plans to offer mostly in-person classes and activities for the 2021-22 academic year, school officials said.
Education Mar. 12
SCHOOLS IN BRIEF: Willamalane, Springfield expand childcare options
SPRINGFIELD – As school reopening continues and spring break approaches, Willamalane has expanded childcare and youth programming options for families. Beginning March 29, Willamalane Kids Club after-school programs will return to Thurston, Douglas Gardens and Yolanda elementary schools.
Education Feb. 27
LCC offering tuition-free summer courses for high school juniors, seniors
High school students graduating in 2021 or 2022 can take one tuition-free course this spring or summer from Lane Community College to jump-start their college education. That’s a $480 savings for one four-credit course.
Education Feb. 24
No longer ‘extreme’, volleyball joins Season 2
State health officials’ decision to designate Lane County as “high risk” instead of “extreme” pandemic conditions was a much-needed morale boost for Creswell High’s girls volleyball program, its legendary coach said Tuesday afternoon.
“The kids are excited to play, and excited to wear our brand-new uniforms,” said Anna Baltrusch, the longtime coach who passed 500 career victories last season.
Education Feb. 19
Creswell School Board updating re-entry plans
CRESWELL – It was just a small line item in the Creswell School District Board Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, listing the recent installation of 250 air filters for schools across the district. It’s something that happens every year.
Except this year, the timing was especially important.
Sports Feb. 17
Bulldogs hitting the practice fields, ‘ecstatic’
The Oregon Health Authority made a timely audible -- one that may have saved the high school football season.
The Governor’s Office announced on Wednesday, Feb. 10 that the OHA is revising its guidance for outdoor contact sports (football, soccer, cross country) and will ease restrictions for schools that have returned to at least limited in-person learning.
Education Feb. 12
Springfield schools make decisions on transfer rules
SPRINGFIELD – Last year, the Springfield Board of Education approved the rule that students can move in and out of the school district at the convenience of the family, provided that the schools are not at capacity. The results of that decision were incalculable because of the pandemic, and superintendent Todd Hamilton at Monday’s meeting. As such, the district is going to keep this system in place for the upcoming school year.
Education Feb. 10
From home to homeroom
Guy Lee Elementary students and parents alike prepared for the return of in-person schooling on Feb. 4. Only kindergarten and first graders entered their classrooms today, with other grades beginning this week.
At Creslane Elementary in Creswell, kindergarteners started in-person learning on Feb. 9, and principal Amy Halley said “they did fantastic.”
At this time, the limited in-person guidance allows for Creslane to return to in-person instruction in groups of 20 students or less, for two hours maximum at a time.
Community Jan. 28
Counseling center offering support for students, parents
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students’ mental well-being in numerous ways. Prolonged school closure and online learning pose some challenges for students such as loss of in-person connection, zoom fatigue, and lack of access to stable internet connection.
Community Jan. 27
SPS board looks to improve equity in schools
SPRINGFIELD – The Oregon School Boards Association held a staff training session for Springfield district board members and staff discussing how to best improve the equity challenges students and families face in the district.