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Times are definitely changing in how we approach education. The long held tradition of a half day of kindergarten may be a thing of the past soon in Oregon.  “Kids are different that they were 10 -15 years ago.” State Senator Chris Telfer of Bend says many kids are ready for a full day of kindergarten; and the sooner they seriously start their education, the better. Senate Bill 248 easily passed in the Senate and now moves to the House. It mandates full day kindergarten starting in 2015. "We are giving ourselves 4 years to come up with trying to come up with the funding for this. This is not an unfunded mandate; the Legislature will continue to be a part of this and trying to work at how we can fund fulltime indergarten.” Telfer says all but two Senators voted for the bill. They cited funding concerns as the reason.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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