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Community forums on tough choices facing school officials are planned in three school districts today.

The Central Point School District has a forum to discuss closing Sams Valley Elementary School to help make up an estimated shortfall of more than $5 million. The meeting on the proposal is at 6 p.m. at the school, 14235 Table Rock Road, just north of Highway 234, midway between Gold Hill and Eagle Point. Other proposals for cutting expenses in the Central Point district include reducing the number of small schools at Crater High School from four to three, eliminating staff positions, and decreasing instructional days, officials said.

Facing a downturn in funding, Eagle Point School District officials plan a community meeting to present information and hear from parents at 5 p.m. at the White City Elementary School gymnasium, 2830 Maple Court. Board members and other administrators are gathering information to develop a budget meets needs while covering a roughly $2 million gap, the district's website reports.

In Ashland, Schools Superintendent Juli Di Chiro will meet with parents to discuss potential cuts to elementary school programs, as district officials work to close an expected $1.3 million budget gap for next academic year. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Bellview Elementary School library, 1070 Tolman Creek Road. Childcare will be provided for children in elementary school.

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