New Start Times for Bend-La Pine Schools

Bend-La Pine Schools Announce New Start Times for 2019-2020

On Tuesday night district officials announced new start times for the 2019-20 school year. The new times mean elementary students will have to be at school an hour earlier, while middle and high school students will have an extra hour to sleep in.

While the district hopes the new times will be good for students, the community is divided over the change. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

Bend-La Pine Schools Announce New Start Times

Bend-La Pine School District is changing school start times beginning at the 2019-2020 school year at all levels. Elementary school hours will be from approximately 8:00 to 2:30 PM and middle and high school hours will be from approximately 8:45 AM to 3:45 PM.

The change comes after nearly two years of discussion about the costs and benefits of starting later. The Bend-La Pine district has now joined districts across the country and right here in Oregon that have pushed back start times due to recent studies suggesting it could promote graduation rates to allow that extra hour of sleep, especially for high schoolers.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

Bend-La Pine Schools Debuts Plans for New High School

The Bend-La Pine School District unveiled a tentative design plan for what will be the school district’s newest high school at the school’s board meeting Tuesday. The school will be the school district’s fifth comprehensive high school, and the first to be built in nearly 20 years.

After months of planning, board members were able to see a floor plan, as well as a “virtual reality” tour of the new school. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was also able to take the tour, and has more on the project.

OSU-Cascades Welcomes Incoming Freshman

This year’s OSU-Cascades freshman class is the largest ever and this week students are moving in and getting ready for their first day of classes starting on Thursday.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was on campus today and caught up with some of the new students.

COCC President Announces Retirement

Shirley Metcalf Plans to Leave After This School Year

Doctor Shirley Metcalf is a 46-year veteran of the higher education community who worked in her native Hawaii and in Washington before coming to COCC in 2011.

She has served as the school’s president since 2014 and is only the 5th president in the school’s nearly 70-year history. Metcalf is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as presdient.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.

Calming Back to School Jitters

Local School Helps Parents and Students Deal With First Day Nerves

Back to school is a time of tears and celebration for students and parents alike, but for first time students and parents the first day of school can be particularly nerveracking.

However, one local school organized an event to help with those nerves. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went down to Buckingham Elementary School to see how parents and students were coping.

Childcare Shortage

How New State Regulations Could Affect Local Providers

Parents looking for a licensed childcare facility are encountering wait lists that are months and sometimes years long.

Now, the state is considering changes to the regulation of the child care industry and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how those changes could affect the shortage of those licensed facilities in our region.

Repairs Wrap Up on Historic Gym

It’s been a year-and-a-half since snow collapsed the roof of the historic gym at the Highland School at Kenwood Elementary. However tonight construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the new gym, which put some modern elements on the inside while keeping the look and charm of the old gym on the outside.

While there are new upgrades and the building is taller due to the new slanted roof, the total facility is the same square footage.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a sneak peak at the new gym earlier today.

New School Planned if Redmond Bond Passes

Voters in Redmond will have a chance to vote on a school bond measure in November after the school board approved a $69.7 million bond proposal.

At the school board meeting Wednesday night, the Redmond School District board of directors unanimously approved a resolution to place the bond proposal on the ballot.

If passed about half of the nearly $70 million would immediately go toward the designing and building of a new elementary school to replace the over 50-year-old M.A. Lynch Elementary. The district hopes that with the bond funds, construction could start as early as summer 2019 and students could be in classrooms by summer 2020.

The money from the bond would also go towards district-wide capital repairs and security improvements to classrooms and school facilities, like secure school entrances and upgrading or installing security cameras at each of their 15 facilities.

The school board’s resolution also includes the establishment of a citizen oversight committee, an independent citizen-led body in charge of monitoring the planned improvements, progress and schedule of costs of the bond program.

Property owners in the Redmond School District are currently paying $2.45 per thousand of assessed value. The proposed $70 million bond would cost taxpayers an additional $0.54 per $1,000 of assessed value, making the total anticipated rate $2.99 per thousand of assessed value.

Tech Trek Hopes to Keep Girls in STEM

“Tech Trek” Central Oregon, is a local, week-long camp at Oregon State University’s new Cascades campus for girls who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In tonight’s cover story Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker introduces us to the tri-county teenage girls who may be our future scientists or engineers.