Two Eagle Point schools placed on safety watch list

Eagle Point Middle School and Eagle Point High School have been listed for the first time on a state education department safety "watch list" because of the number of expulsions last school year.

Eagle Point Middle School had six expulsions in 2006-07 because of weapons, Oregon Department of Education records show.

Eagle Point High School had 12 expulsions, seven for weapons, two for threats or intimidation, and one each for vandalism, battery and fighting, the records show.

The "watch list" is created under safety provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, an ODE press release said. Eleven schools statewide have been identified as needing safety improvement plans and they must file a corrective action plan with the state, the release said.

Three schools in Josephine County are on the watch list: Fleming Middle School, Lorna Byrne Middle School and Illinois Valley High School.

The state says each of the schools expelled more than 1 percent of its students for committing a crime or violent act on school property, school-sponsored transportation or trip during the 2007-2008 school year.

Thirteen schools were placed on the "watch list" last year.

— Staff and Associated Press reports

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