Northwest Eugene and the adjacent unicorporated areas of Lane County stretching to Alvadore and beyond are blessed with their own School District: Bethel 52. Bethel is centered on Willamette and Kalapuya High Schools and their feeder middle schools, elementary schools and kindergarten through eighth grade hybrid gems.
The people who live in the school district are always–ALWAYS supportive of schools at the polls, in the classrooms and buildings as volunteers and in parent-teacher organizations.
One very evident reason of the high marks and support for the district is its long-term and highly effective board of directors.
The recent election (May 19, 2015) kept the board intact. The longest-term member, Ginger Poage, had a hearty challenge from a worthy newcomer, but won easily on election day.
The rest of the board consists of long-term members Paul Jorgenson, Greg Nelson, Alan Laisure, Debi Farr, Dawnya Johnson and Rich Cunningham.
If you visit the district this week you will see two new schools under construction, replacing the aging Malabon and Fairfield. You will also see a high school, Kalapuya, which graduated 100% of its seniors last year. Go by Willamette and see the new science and technology wing. Stop by and see the shining and recently-built Prairie Mountain and Meadowview K-8 schools, which place teachers and students together in pods of learning that bring out the very best in both.
In short, after I served on the Bethel School Board from 1992-1995 it has rocketed the district to new heights of educational excellence, driven by Superintendent Colt Gill and his remarkable team of administrators and educators.
I’m proud to be a part of this district.