Oregon School's reconfiguration plan met with some apprehension and anger

The Oregon Board of Education plans to vote on the proposal on Dec. 18.

Oregon school district leaders, parents and even students met on Monday night to discuss a plan for school reconfiguration.

The Oregon Board of Education presented their plan to transition Eisenhower to an intermediate school for grades 5 and 6, and Fassett to a junior high school, for grades 7 and 8.

The plan calls for increased teacher team planning to propel instructional efficiency, as well as increased math time for students at both schools. The proposal would aim to keep current start and finish times at the schools, and maintain class sizes. A "connections period" would also be available to target students' individual needs.

Additionally, Oregon 5th graders would get an art class, and 6th graders would have a recess period.

School Board leaders say the split between the 5th and 6th grade school and the 7th and 8th grade school would make for a more developmentally appropriate settings for students.

The plan estimated a cost of over $550,000 for the district, but expected to generate an even high dollar amount from casino revenue, operational savings, and staff adjustments.

Despite the board's efforts, concerned and apprehensive parents and students raised numerous questions and objections.

Fourth grader Chase Flannigan told us he worried that he'd be spending more time on his bus commute each day, taking time away from sports and homework.

Another parent voiced his concern that the district was taking too many shortcuts to provide the best education for his child, and stormed out of the meeting.

School board members said if the proposal passed, it would be instilled as early as next school year, and they would need several years of observation to determine the split's efficiency.

The Oregon Board of Education plans to vote on the proposal on Dec. 18.