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Elementary School to Close Down

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — The year 2013 will be the last year for one elementary school in Roseburg.

The Roseburg School Board made the decision to close one Wednesday night.

The Roseburg Public Schools’ Superintendent Larry Parsons said this was something they’ve been trying to avoid for years. But it was clear at Wednesday night’s meeting that putting it off was no longer an option.

With a vote of four to three, the school district members made the decision to close one of their nine elementary schools.

Board members say funding is the major issue, but a growing loss in the number of students was also a factor.

The superintendent says the closure will also allow them to make educating the children more efficient, such as allowing them to keep grades separate instead of blending students together. He said the decision was not an easy one, but one that needed to be made in the best interests of the children.

“Knowing that we’ll have a part to play in a lot of children being sad at least for a period of time. That’s not what I want to be doing, and you know, I swore I would never be a part of having to close a school, but little did I know that we’d be in the financial straits were in today,” Parsons said.

The superintendent says they hope to have a decision by February to provide as much time as possible for the transition.

While a couple of the schools have previously been considered, the superintendent insists that all nine elementary schools will now be on the table for potential closure.

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