Recently, the Eugene School Board unanimously voted to approve the district’s proposal to implement a K-12 Mandarin Chinese program beginning in the 2017-18 school year. It will be their fifth dual language immersion program. They currently have two Spanish, one Japanese, and one French immersion program.
From the Register Guard article (here):
.... The plan is to implement a Mandarin Chinese program in the Churchill High School region of the district, beginning at the Family School at Crest Elementary School. The school has four classrooms available, the district said.
The middle school portion of the program most likely would be at either the Bailey Hill Instructional Center, or be split between the Crest site and Kennedy Middle School.
Board members and District Superintendent Gustavo Balderas expressed concern with having the program at two schools and how much it might cost to renovate the Bailey Hill site, which Balderas estimated at about $1 million.
The high school level of the program would be offered at Churchill High School....
Eugene has a higher percentage of kindergarteners in DLI program than PPS. In 2015-16, PPS had 12.7% of its kindergarteners in DLIs. Eugene in 2013-4 had 19.9% of its kindergarteners in DLI. Now it will have even more.