Decision reached in Oregon Schools reconfiguration plans

After opposition and concern at Oregon School Board's previous meeting, a final decision was reached among board members on Tuesday night.

Oregon Board of Education voted unanimously to reconfigure the district's grades five through eight.

The plan will make Eisenhower Middle School an intermediate school for fifth and sixth graders, and Fassett Middle School a junior high school for seventh and eighth graders.

Members of the board say they believe the change will help to improve academic achievement by increasing math instruction time and teacher planning time.

The vote comes after months of considering the transition. Plans were in the works as early as June 2012, but board members say talks about the transition had been around for nearly 20 years.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting change," said board member Patrick Kapfhammer, who went on to say he believed the reconfiguration would be the best solution for a positive change.

Parents we spoke with said now that the decision was made, they would remain positive for their children, in hopes of educational improvement.

Dr. Zalar stated a steering group would be organized after the holidays to help students, staff, and parents understand and go forth with the transition.

The reconfiguration is expected for the 2013-2014 school year.