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Weather delays Central Point small-schools public forum

Because of inclement weather, the Central Point School District has postponed until Jan. 27 a public forum to discuss questions and concerns about Crater High School's small schools.

The forum had been set for today . A School Board meeting, planned for 7 tonight, also has been rescheduled for Jan. 27.

"It's going to be treacherous on Tuesday with the snow melting and freezing over," said Central Point schools Superintendent Randy Gravon. "We want to make sure people can come to this (forum). We would hate for people to come out and then get into an accident."

The forum on Jan. 27 will begin at 6 p.m. at the Central Point district office, 300 Ash St. The School Board meeting is set for 7 p.m. the same day, also at the district office.

The high school of about 1,500 pupils was divided into four smaller schools-within-a-school in 2007 through a grant from the Oregon Small Schools Initiative.

Advocates for the program say the small-school model helps reduce the dropout rate and enhance academic performance, especially among at-risk students.

But some Crater parents have complained about small schools because they limit the variety of class choices and have raised issues about the schools' curriculum.

Crater officials say the school's state test scores have climbed since the restructuring.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or pachen@mailtribune.com.