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Workshop Seven - Material Palette Presented:
The DLR Group came to workshop seven with material palettes for flooring, paint, and some miscellaneous finishes. Overall the colors, textures and ideas presented were well received and gave the group visual inspirations on how to include student art and/or craftmanship into the new building.

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District Conducts Water Quality Testing
In June, in response to concerns raised around the United States about the possibility of lead in school drinking water, the Junction City School District conducted voluntary random water quality samples in each of our buildings. At that time, none of the samples indicated lead levels above the established acceptable threshold and in fact, the majority of the samples had no detectable levels. 

In late August and early September, the District conducted further testing of every water source in the District that might serve as a source of drinking water or water used in food preparation.  Samples were collected from over 321 possible drinking water sources and were sent to a professional lab for analysis.  Of the total samples tested, 81 were found to have levels of lead above the acceptable limit established by the Environmental Testing Agency (EPA).   A summary document listing the locations of each of those water sources can be found here.  Water sources found to have levels of lead above the acceptable limit are highlighted in yellow.  Laurel Elementary, Oaklea Middle, Junction City High School, Territorial Elementary.

Anywhere elevated lead levels have been found in the District, our Facilities Department will:
  • Immediately ensure that water source is taken off-line and identify alternate locations where safe drinking water is available.
  • Identify and eliminate the source of the lead.
  • Retest the water to insure it is safe for our students, staff, and visitors.

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Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative
Youth Tour 2016 Representative
Audrey Sherman
JCHS student Audrey Sherman represented Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative as their Youth Tour 2016 representative in June. Audrey was featured in the recent addition of the Ruralite, an electronic magazine, that the co-op sends its customers.

Click here to read about Audrey's learning experience in Washing D.C.

Blachly Lane Electric stated, "We acknowledge the contributions of family,school and community that have helped shape Audrey into quite an extraordinary young woman."

Congratulations Audrey! Thank you for being such a good ambassador for Junction City High School!
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School Bond Market Favors
Junction City
In a fluctuating market, Junction City School District was able to leverage buyers for a successful return on bond sales this week.  The District hired Piper Jaffray to facilitate $14.635 million in bond sales as generously authorized by our voters this last May.  All bonds were purchased during the sale window coordinated between the District and Piper Jaffray.  The calculated yield rates made them very palatable to a number of financial management companies, private investors, and industry professionals.

The estimated tax rate impact to our community was originally stated in our informational bond campaign as $1.62 per thousand dollars of assessed home value.  The final rate has come in just under that amount and is estimated to remain at that amount throughout the ten year term, thus meeting our commitment to our taxpayers.

Additionally, the structure of the sale enabled the District to also realize premiums paid by the investors.  These premiums have resulted in more than $2.8 million in additional capital construction revenue beyond the $14.635 million in bonds.  Combined with the $4 million in matching funds from the State, the District will have a total of just over $21.5 million in capital funds to invest in the projects identified under the initial bond title.  This means the District will be able to invest in more of the critical infrastructure needs at each of our buildings as well as achieve greater progress toward our high school investment master plan.

As outlined in our earlier bond information, the District will adopt an evaluation and decision –making process for distributing these funds to projects as identified in both our original bond title and master plan and will share the results with our community as that evolves.

Junction City students, staff, and community will be updated throughout this process, and our staff will be available to answer any questions.  This week’s bond sale success will allow us to further our goal of maintaining and advancing district facilities to support district educational goals, enhance safety, and promote community involvement.

Thank you again to all of our community for your support.



Dr. Kathleen Rodden-Nord, Ph.D.

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I hope you all had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving weekend! I can’t believe that the end of the first trimester of the 2016-17 school year is already upon us.  A reminder to all that there will be no school for students next Monday and Tuesday, December 5th and 6th.  Teachers will be working on their grades, participating in professional development activities, and hosting parent-teacher conferences at Territorial Elementary.  Students will return to school on Wednesday, December 7th and then Christmas Break is around the corner. Our schools and District Office will be closed from December 19th until staff and students return on Tuesday, January 3rd.

There also are reports of possible inclement weather next week. Please be sure that you are subscribed to receive messages from “Blackboard Connect” (if you are not sure, you can check with Ronda Wheadon by emailing her at )  You can also check our website ( for information on snow routes, and to see notices regarding delays and closures when they are in effect. 

What follows is the November 2016 issue of the Junction City Schools Update, along with some news from last night’s school board meeting.   Happy reading, and stay warm!

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Non Discrimination Policies

Important Dates, Information »
Dec. 1 JCHS Finals Schedule (Periods 1-3)
Dec. 1 LES - Parent Group Meeting, 2:45pm Media Center
Dec. 1

TES - Health Screening & Lego Club

Dec. 2 JCHS Finals Schedule (Periods 4-5)
Dec. 2 OMS - Parent Group Meeting, 8:15am
Dec. 5 No School - Teacher Work Day
Dec. 6 No School - Teacher Work Day
Dec. 7 JCHS - Site Council Meeting, 3:30pm
Dec. 7

TES - TPA Meeting & OBOB

Dec. 7-9

OMS - Winter Giving Store

Dec. 8

TES - Lego Club

Dec. 8-14 LES - Book Fair
Dec. 12-15

TES - Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 19-Jan. 2 No School - Winter Break
Dec. 16 JCHS - Senior Photos Due
Dec. 16 Holiday Assembly 8:45-9:15 & Popcorn Friday
Jan. 3 Students and Staff Return to School
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District Office Phone: (541) 998-6311
The Junction City School District does not discriminate on the basis on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. All District staff and students are expected to adhere to these policies; discrimination of any kind shall not be tolerated in our District and should be reported to the District Human Rights Director, Tom Endersby.  Tom's office is located in the District Office at 325 Maple Street.  Tom's e-mail address is and his phone number is (541) 998-6311. District Apple
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