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April 4, 2013
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Letter: Melrose School is a Roseburg community asset

Melrose School is local asset

We support keeping Melrose Elementary open because of the school’s reputation for academic excellence and strong community support.

The website, which rates schools based on the most recent testing results, has Melrose and Hucrest tied for first place as the strongest elementary schools in the Roseburg District. This distinction is an asset to Roseburg as a whole, since school strength is a key consideration by businesses and families looking to relocate to Roseburg.

Melrose’s strength can be attributed in part to the school’s strong parental and community support. Last year, Melrose parents logged in more than 1,000 volunteer hours helping in classrooms. Many additional hours were given but not recorded. These community and parent volunteers are truly modeling the Roseburg District’s motto: “Whatever it Takes.” Parent and community volunteers spend hours working with students, both one-on-one and in small groups. Our volunteers help with testing, classwork, and skill development in reading, writing, science and math. They are committed to working with every child, for however long it takes, so he or she can succeed at school. This commitment reflects the culture of our rural community, a culture that is not easily or typically replicated in other settings.

Closing a school that helps draw working families and businesses to Roseburg and fosters academic excellence in all of its students makes no sense. Melrose is truly doing “whatever it takes” to ensure a bright and successful future for our children and our community. Please keep Melrose open. It’s the right thing to do for our children, our community, and the overall success of the Roseburg school district.

Eric and Nancy Geyer


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