4J School Board Meeting Notes  - October 18, 2023 

Notes and commentary by Larry Lewin

The meeting can be view at this link. All timestamps below can be accessed by scrolling through the video at this link. 

Superintendent Andy Dey’s Remarks - Timestamp: 5:45

Nine Public Speakers were selected: Timestamp: 10:00

Employee Groups Updates

Board Chair Maya Rabasa: Advocating for more short breaks to stay fresh for entire meeting 

Individual Board Members

Board Break at 54:00

Board Members’ Individual Reports - Timestamp: 54:50

Board Members celebrated opening of the new North Eugene High School building and wore commemorative sweatshirts - Timestamp: 1 hr 10 min

Information Items  

Action Items

I believe later in the meeting the Board voted on the hiring of more school librarians: changing the previous Board’s direction to hire 3 more elementary librarians to recommending that the Superintendent find funding to accomplish this. Delegating the authority to the Supt makes sense. I trust that he will find a way to fulfill this pressing need identified by the previous Board - led by fromer 4J Board Member Gordon Lafer. Since we all agree that reading is a critically important skill to learn in school, having librarians in schools to assist students in finding, reading, and loving books is smart. Too often reading is defined by standardized test scores….. reading should be a passion for all our students. The school librarians I worked with when I taught in 4J greatly enhanced this.

The Board’s next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 1:

Notice of 4J School Board Executive Session

The board will convene in executive session to consider records that are exempt by law from public inspection pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2)(f)

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Parr Room, Ed Center, 200 North Monroe St.

Executive Sessions are not open to the public.  All matters discussed during executive sessions are confidential and shall not be disclosed by any representative of the news media without authorization by the school board.


Notice of 4J Board Work Session

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Time: 5:30 p.m. or immediately following the executive committee meeting, whichever occurs first

Location: Auditorium, 200 North Monroe St., Eugene, OR

Virtual / Webinar Link: https://4J-lane-edu.zoom.us/j/91225128314

The board will meet to work on goals.


Notice of Regular Board Meeting — Agenda Attached

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Time: 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Auditorium, 200 North Monroe St., Eugene, OR

Virtual / Webinar Link: https://4J-lane-edu.zoom.us/j/91225128314

Agenda Link: tinyurl.com/4jboardmeetings

Topics are below and an agenda is attached

Consent Group - Items for Action

1.    Approve Board Meeting Minutes for the following Meetings:

September 6, 2023

September 20, 2023

September 27, 2023  

2.      Approve Personnel Action

3.      Approve Instructional Materials Postponement

4.      Approve Instructional Time

5.     City of Eugene Proposed Amendment to the Riverfront Urban Renewal Plan

Items for Information

1.      Introduction of District Ombuds, Mr. Talatou Maiga via Zoom

2.      North Eugene High School SCIP (School Continuous Improvement Plan) Presentation

Items for Action

1.   Policy DBEA — Budget Committee (2nd Read) 

Items for Action at a Future Meeting

1.      Consider Approval of Board Resolution 2023-11 Agreeing to the Policy of Providing Tax Exemptions for Low-City of Eugene Request for LIPTE Low Income Rental Property Tax Relief

2.      Approve Budget Committee Selection Process (approve selection process and timeline)

3.      Longitudinal Growth Targets Presentation

4.      2-Year School Calendar 

5.      Vote for OSBA Board of Directors