Medford school cuts on tonight's agenda

Medford School District's budget committee gets together again tonight to discuss how it will make ends meet in the coming school year.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Washington Elementary School, 610 S. Peach St. It's open to the public.

The district has floated the possibility of eliminating one day a week of school, elementary school music programs and middle school athletics in addition to cutting staff and tightening its supply and extracurricular budgets.

During an earlier budget committee meeting, Superintendent Phil Long presented a spending plan that would eliminate 35 teaching positions across the district.

Long said earlier that he expects to have to cut $9 million to $12 million from the coming year's anticipated $94 million budget. This month's better-than-anticipated state revenue forecast could mean slightly better prospects for the district, he also has said.

The district's school board is due to approve a spending plan in June.

— Staff reports

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