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It looks like high school students in Bend and La Pine will soon join students in Redmond and Madras in moving away from block classes to a seven period a day schedule. Bend La Pine Schools Superintendent Ron Wilkinson says the change allows teachers to oversee more classes as the district tries to adjust to dramatic budget cuts:  "We're dealing with a $15 million budget gap for next year, and we are anguishing over how to do that. And its without any way that I look at it, I have to reduce teachers; and we're looking about reducing about 20 to 22 teachers at the high schools.” He says the change to 7 classes a day holds class size to around 35 students per class.   The District had used a block schedule for about 15 to 20 years. Wilkinson also says its become clear during the past few weeks that the Legislature doesn't plan to make changes to PERs Rules that would free up some of the District funding mandates, so now they are forced to cut teaching positions.

 

 

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

 

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.

 
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