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Summary of Task Force Options

Medford School District 549C
Building Improvement Task Force
Options for Board Consideration


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Summary of Task Force Options

Below are the four options developed by the Task Force for consideration by the community and the School Board. The Board will use these four options as the basis for discussion of a final resolution to this matter. The Board may (1) choose one of the four options, (2) choose to modify one of the options, or (3) based on public input seek additional funding to accomplish more completely the scope of the bond measure.

Option A (17 campuses)
2 High Schools
3 Middle Schools (6-8)
1 K-8 School (Ruch), and
11 Elementary Schools (K-5)

• Build New South Medford High on a new, larger site
• Significantly renovate North Medford High
• Do not reopen Jackson and Roosevelt facilities
• Convert, upgrade, improve current South Medford High to Middle School (6-8)
• Significantly renovate Oak Grove Elementary (K-5)
• Build new (and renovate portions of) Lone Pine Elementary (K-5)
• Protect, renovate and improve all other campuses

Impact of Option A on school attendance areas and annual operational budget:

Convert Hedrick and McLoughlin from 7-8 to 6-8
Convert all elementary schools from K-6 to K-5

Option A fully implements the middle school concept the District has invested in for several years which creates K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 schools across the District. This was a model that found favor with many patrons when piloted several years ago. It would be easiest to implement because the change would occur between school years and could coincide with the boundary adjustments that occur every five to seven years as the District balances school enrollment with changes in where students live.

Option A redistributes classroom space by using the current South High asset, which is an efficient use of a resource that is at the end of its useful life as a High School, but could, when remodeled, provide additional years of service as a middle school. Structurally sound portions of Jackson and Roosevelt could eventually be available for educational and special program use to serve community needs throughout the school day. This might require future collaboration among the School District, the City of Medford, and/or various local and regional agencies.

Option A requires the adjustment of school attendance boundaries for most elementary schools and the middle schools. Roosevelt students would likely be distributed among Hoover, Lone Pine and Wilson. Wilson and Lone Pine would likely see some students shifted to Kennedy and Lincoln. Jackson students would likely be distributed among Washington, Oak Grove and possibly Jefferson. Additional boundary changes could move Griffin Creek and Oak Grove students to Jacksonville.

Elementary school size would not increase because approximately 900 6th-graders would be redistributed among the three middle schools. The middle schools would have populations of about 850-900 (about the same size that Hedrick and McLoughlin are now).

The District facilities would be operating at about 86% of capacity and have room for more classes to support smaller class-sizes or, if mandated by the state, full-day kindergarten. The District might see some additional savings in its annual operating costs by operating one fewer school facility.

Option B (16 campuses)
2 High Schools
14 “Elemiddle” Schools (K-8)

• Build New South Medford High on a new, larger site
• Significantly renovate North Medford High
• Do not reopen Jackson and Roosevelt facilities
• Significantly renovate Oak Grove Elementary School (K-8)
• Build new (and renovate portions of) Lone Pine Elementary School (K-8)
• Protect, renovate and improve all other campuses

Impact of Option B on school attendance areas and annual operational budget:

Convert Hedrick and McLoughlin from 7-8 to K-8
Convert all elementary schools from K-6 to K-8

Option B creates walking neighborhood schools for more students, by making K-8 schools in walking distance of many more students from K through 8th grade. The option reconfigures Hedrick and McLoughlin as K-8 schools in the Roosevelt and Jackson neighborhoods, allowing more children to walk to these schools and remain in that neighborhood school for after-school activities.

Some educators maintain that the K-8 structure provides more continuity for students through their early adolescent years and increases student academic success. Other potential benefits include stronger association with teachers and more positive relationships between younger and older students. Some suggest that parental involvement continues through eighth grade because of the relationships parents make with staff at the neighborhood school. 

As in Option A, the structurally sound portions of Jackson and Roosevelt could eventually be available for educational and special program use to serve community needs throughout the school day. By reducing the number of facilities by two, lower operating costs are probable.   Because this option envisions not using the current South High building as a school, this could save several million dollars in remodeling costs for that facility.

Option B requires the adjustment of school attendance boundaries for most elementary schools. The middle schools would cease to exist as middle schools. Roosevelt students would likely attend school at the Hedrick K-8 site. Jackson students would likely attend school at the McLoughlin K-8 site. Additional boundary changes would impact every other elementary school because of the need to ensure students are located where there is capacity to serve them.

The District facilities would operate at about 86% of capacity. The District could see some additional savings in its annual operating costs by operating two fewer school facilities.

Option C (17 campuses)
2 High Schools
1 Middle School (6-8)
7 “Elemiddle” Schools (K-8)
7 Elementary Schools (K-5)

• Build New South Medford High on a new, larger site
• Significantly renovate North Medford High
• Do not reopen Jackson and Roosevelt facilities
• Convert, upgrade, improve current South Medford High to Middle School (6-8)
• Significantly renovate Oak Grove Elementary School (K-5)
• Build new (and renovate portions of) Lone Pine Elementary School (K-5)
• Protect, renovate and improve all other campuses

Impact of Option C on school attendance areas and annual operational budget:

Convert Hedrick and McLoughlin from 7-8 to K-8
Convert existing South facility to 6-8
Convert 4 elementary schools from K-6 to K-8
Convert 7 elementary schools from K-6 to K-5
Ruch remains K-8

Option C presents a hybrid of Options A and B by creating more walkable neighborhood schools for more students. It provides more schools that are within walking distance of many more students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The option reconfigures Hedrick and McLaughlin as K-8 schools in the Roosevelt and Jackson neighborhoods, allowing Roosevelt and Jackson children to walk to a neighborhood school and remain in the neighborhood for after-school activities. While the Task Force did not specify which schools would be K-8 and which would be K-5, it would appear that the elementary schools where this might be more feasible are Griffin Creek, Howard, Jacksonville, Kennedy, Lincoln, and/or Lone Pine.

As in Option A, the structurally sound portions of the current Jackson and Roosevelt facilities could be available for educational and special program use throughout the school day. By reducing the total number of facilities by one, lower operating costs are probable.

Option C requires the adjustment of school attendance boundaries for most elementary schools and some additional facility renovations to accommodate seventh and eighth grade students at the elementary school sites. The middle school sites could be configured several ways with varying degrees of grade-level separation and autonomy. Currently this is accomplished at Hedrick and McLoughlin by having different starting and ending times for the younger and older students. Additionally, elementary students can reside together in one portion of the facility while the middle school students would occupy another portion. This would require additional renovations to accommodate the needs of younger students. The current South High would be converted to a 6-8 middle school and would serve the grade 6-8 students choosing a more traditional middle school experience.

The District facilities would operate at about 86% of capacity. The District could see some additional savings in its annual operating costs by operating two fewer school facilities.

Option D (current configuration, 18 campuses)
2 High Schools
2 Middle Schools (7-8)
14 Elementary Schools (K-6)

• Significantly renovate North Medford High
• Protect, upgrade and improve current South High to remain SMHS
• Significantly renovate (rebuild portions of) Jackson, Oak Grove and Roosevelt Elementary Schools (K-6)
• Build new (and renovate portions of) Lone Pine Elementary School
• Protect, renovate and improve all other campuses

Impact of Option D on school attendance areas and annual operational budget:

Option D eliminates the new South High project and invests approximately $26 million in Jackson and Roosevelt schools. It would require a significantly larger investment in the current South High facility than would be needed for remodeling it into a middle school or using it for some other purpose. This is because of the size of the student body. Currently, South High has over 1900 students (about double the size of a middle school). The size of the cohorts of students in elementary school suggests the District will continue to have high school enrollments of 1800 to 2000 for at least the next decade.

While Option D keeps the existing K-6, 7-8, 9-12 structure, the District anticipates the need to realign elementary attendance area boundaries simply because of the imbalance in enrollment across the District. Several elementary schools have experienced enrollment growth and have run out of classrooms to serve students. Other elementary schools have declined in enrollment and have excess classroom space. Additionally, as the District has been able to add teachers to reduce class sizes, this has required additional classroom space. Should the state mandate full-day kindergarten, the District will need space available at the seven non-Title 1 schools that currently only offer half-day sessions.

The District facilities would operate at about 92% of capacity. The District would see little, if any, additional savings in its annual operating costs. This option does not provide for the future growth that is anticipated for the District but it could free up some funds that could be directed back into the existing facilities or simply not be levied.

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