ROSEBURG, Ore. — A tough decision for the Roseburg School District leads to a lengthy meeting Thursday night. Going into the meeting, the district was looking at either closing Melrose or Rose elementary in order to ease its financial woes.
Two and a half hours later, a vote was made to close Rose Elementary. But a motion was put on the table that if voters pass a bond levy on the May ballot, then no schools will be closed next year. The bond levy would create crucial funding for the school and cost a homeowner with a $120,000 home about $46 a year.
There were some board members very upset that school closures are even being considered, calling this predicament a lack of leadership. If Rose Elementary is closed there will be over 2,700 children going to 8 schools.