Medford proposes four-day school week, other major cuts

Faced with $9 million to $12 million in reduced state funding next year, the Medford School District is proposing converting to a four-day school week and the elimination of elementary music and middle school athletics.

It also would cut at least 23 teaching and two administrative jobs.

The district of about 12,000 students is holding a series of meetings this week to solicit public feedback on the proposals. The next ones are set for 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Saturday, both at Washington Elementary School, 610 S. Peach St.

The meetings come in advance of the district's proposed budget, due out at 7 p.m. May 12 during the first budget committee meeting also at Washington school.

The district's proposal for cuts includes $3.5 million from reducing the teaching staff by 23, all or most of which would come from retirements and resignations.

It also entails trimming $1 million in school supplies and materials and $3.5 million by converting to a four-day school week. Eliminating the elementary music and middle school athletics programs would save $1 million.

— Paris Achen

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