Medford will name schools task force

Medford's school board meets tonight to name a committee that will consider the fate of two closed elementary schools.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at South Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. It's open to the public.

The school district announced in June that it would close Jackson and Roosevelt elementary schools indefinitely because of structural problems.

Voters approved $189 million for the bond projects but total costs to complete the work — including the renovation or replacement of Jackson and Roosevelt — are estimated at about $200 million.

The seven-member task force to be appointed tonight will meet and make a recommendation to the school board in October about how to spend the bond money.

A facilities planning committee in 2006 proposed closing Jackson and Roosevelt and dispersing students to other schools to free up funds for other bond projects throughout the district and streamline services.

Board members tonight also are expected to hear from attorneys on the board's obligations for completing projects outlined in the bond measure.

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