Eugene (KMTR) – 4J school district’s superintendent says despite a tough few years battling the budget, things are improving and programs are coming back. Dr. Sheldon Berman visited kids at several schools on their first day. He says P.E. and music are back in all elementary schools this year. As for the budget, there will still be some furlough days, but Berman says things are better this September than they have been for a while. He explains, "At least we're able to start the year without the kinds of trauma that's happened with school closings and layoff of staff. And so we're very excited to have stability.”
Berman says there are several bright spots across 4J this fall; Bertha Holt has new microphone and speaker systems in every classroom to help students focus. At Churchill, a new engineering program will take off this year thanks to grant funding. Also, all 4J high schools are working on a transition to a common schedule.