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April 11, 2013
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Letter: Don't close thriving Melrose School

Don’t close a thriving school

As parents, we make sacrifices in our lives to help our children thrive. The Roseburg School Board has stated it must close one of our elementary schools to save money. As a parent of a child attending Melrose, I can only say that this would be a disservice to our community and to our children.

Melrose is a success, with strong test scores, excellent teaching staff and highly involved parents. The RSB wants us to believe consolidation will fix the budget and lower costs. But the operational expenses of increased transportation costs to close Melrose and bus our children to other elementary schools, as well as the adverse effect on student achievement in moving the students to larger schools, will negate any professed fiscal savings.

Please don’t let the RSB sacrifice a thriving school just because it is the smallest of the elementary schools. Let Melrose continue to foster high-quality educational opportunities for the students of our community in a safe and supported environment.

In visiting the Roseburg School District website, I see it states, “Whatever It Takes!” I am urging you to do “whatever it takes” to keep the heart of the Melrose community alive.

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Becky Miller


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