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Board to vote on grade schools

Medford's school board meets tonight to consider a plan to rebuild two closed elementary schools.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at South Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. It's open to the public.

The board will discuss a proposal to rebuild Jackson and Roosevelt elementary schools, both closed in June after they were determined to have structural problems.

The board held one town hall meeting in December and had another scheduled this month to discuss whether to reopen the schools or establish a third middle school when it abruptly canceled the second meeting and said it would vote on reopening the elementary schools.

The proposal calls for the district to use $24 million from the 2006 bond measure to repair the schools, beginning work "as soon as practical."

The district would take $1 million for the projects from a project to rebuild South Medford High School.

The renovations and rebuilding would proceed in phases, starting with work on the main buildings which house classrooms, according to a notice on the district Web site. It said schools tentatively would reopen in January 2010.