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Roseburg school district looks for input on school boundary changes

The district wants to change the size of the boundaries for the two middle schools, and is looking for parent input.

Posted: Apr 6, 2018 5:55 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2018 6:39 PM

ROSEBURG, OR. -- Roseburg School District is looking to change the boundaries of Joseph Lane and Fremont Middle Schools.

District officials said they hope this change brings balance to the schools and kids’ friend groups.

With the way the school boundaries are currently set up, there are about 80 more students at Fremont than at Jo Lane.

District officials also don’t want to affect the students currently enrolled in each middle school.

“What we wanna do is, the current sixth and seventh graders that are already at Fremont or Jo Lane, we don’t want to move those kids. They’re already there. It’s disruptive. Middle school is already hard enough without doing that,” said Roseburg School District Teaching and Learning Director Robert Emerson.

The other issue parents brought up at the meeting at Eastwood school on Wednesday, is they’ve had kids who were separated from friends when transitioning from elementary to middle schools.

District officials said they’ve worked out what they believe to be the best solution to keeping the kids together.

“But it came down to that we could make this one change where about a third of the students at Eastwood would be shifted from Fremont to Jo Lane, and about a third of the students at Melrose would be shifted from Jo Lane to Fremont,” said Emerson.

District officials say they need parents at the next meeting for the boundary change to hear as many concerns and ideas as possible, to make sure they’re making the best decision for the students.

That meeting will be happening at the Melrose Elementary School library on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:00-7:30 pm.

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