Medford school plan will take shape

The shape of Medford's schools budget for the coming year will become clear tonight, when the school district's budget committee is due to approve the document.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the media center at Oak Grove Elementary School, 2838 W. Main St. It's open to the public.

Superintendent Phil Long has described his $99.3 million budget proposal as restoring funding to nearly what it was two years ago, before the district slashed 10 days from the school year to save about $950,000.

The 2010-11 budget proposal would add back six work days for teachers, full stipends for athletic coaches, 2 1/2 secondary music teachers, four other secondary teachers and funds for campus materials and supplies.

Advanced orchestra and band classes were eliminated this year at the secondary level, but those classes would be revived under the proposed plan and more music classes would be available, Long has said.

Complete budget proposal:

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