Medford College Zoning Choice Explained

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May 8 – Medford School District officials said the only recommendation made Thursday to the school board for new college attendance areas was reached by consensus.

But what does this actually mean for families?

Members of the committee tasked with making a recommendation to council answered that question at a public meeting on Thursday. One such member is Christy Clark, a parent from the Medford School District.

“This final recommendation took two and a half years to come up with,” Clark wrote in an email to the newspaper. “I can promise the community that members of the zoning committee have considered every detail, considered every possibility, and genuinely cared about every student and every neighborhood as we meticulously review the data to find what we believe is best. balance of these priorities.”

Following the board meeting, at which Clark spoke, the district released a wealth of information on Friday, including a color-coded map outlining the proposed new boundaries of Hedrick, McLoughlin and Oakdale colleges, and pie charts explaining the demographic breakdowns for each.

With Hedrick currently housing 1,306 students compared to McLoughlin’s 1,298, the new zoning scenario, if approved, would reduce Hedrick’s population to 858 students, while 889 would go to McLoughlin. Meanwhile, 857 students would go to Oakdale.

The feeding patterns designed for the committee’s recommendation show that students who attend Lincoln, Kennedy, Lone Pine, Roosevelt and Wilson elementary schools will go to Hedrick Middle School and they will all go to North Medford High School.

Students attending Howard, Wilson, Jacksonville, Jackson, Griffin Creek, and Ruch elementary schools would attend McLoughlin, but they would not all go to the same high school. Wilson and Howard’s students would attend North, while the rest of the elementary students would go South.

Students attending Jefferson, Oak Grove, Washington, and Hoover elementary schools would go to Oakdale, but they won’t all go to the same high school.

The committee, in accordance with its charter, was authorized to change the high school’s boundaries if necessary, which is why Roosevelt students would go to North Medford and all Jackson and Oak Grove students would go to South Medford.

The committee also recommended that K-12 boundaries be reviewed in four to five years.

The power model flowchart indicates that the middle school boundary of Wilson Elementary School would be split at Crater Lake Avenue (east of the split would go to Hedrick, west of the line would go to Oakdale). The district said it was part of the recommendation after receiving feedback from Wilson families who visit Hedrick.

The new recommendation breaks down each college by gender, race and poverty levels. Oakdale would be 52% male, 48% female, and contain no non-binary students; that would be 61% white, 31% Hispanic, and 8% identifying with another ethnicity. Seventy percent of the school’s students are said to live on the poverty line, while almost 30% are in another socio-economic bracket.

In terms of gender, Hedrick would see a slight increase in its female membership, to 48%; however, it would see its male workforce decrease slightly to 51%; the non-binary population would drop from 0.78 to 0.2%.

Hedrick’s white population would increase slightly to 69%, its Hispanic population would remain virtually unchanged at 21%, and those who do not identify as either would increase slightly to 11%.

Hedrick’s student population from the current scenario to the new recommendation would fluctuate the most from a socio-economic perspective. While 42.6% currently live in poverty, the school would see that level rise to 55% if the board approves the recommended scenario. Hedrick students who do not identify as poor would drop from 57% to 45%.

According to the new recommendation, if approved, McLoughlin’s female enrollment would increase slightly to 48%, but its male enrollment would drop slightly to 51% – as would non-binary students, but they would remain less than a point below. percentage.

McLoughlin’s white population would increase to 59% under the proposed new scenario. Its Hispanic population would drop a few percentage points to 34%. Those who do not identify as either would increase slightly to 8%.

McLoughlin’s poverty level would remain virtually unchanged at 71% – and so would students who say they are in another socio-economic level, at 28%.

Contact journalist Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.

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