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RR school restructuring task force meets tonight

ROGUE RIVER — A four-day school week and a combined elementary-middle school are among ideas a task force will consider as it works to keep the school district operational after 18 years of declining enrollment.

The Rogue River School District Restructuring Advisory Task Force will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Rogue River High School library, 1898 E. Evans Creek Road.

Rogue River School Board member Julie Niles-Fry said she was hopeful the committee would find ways to enable the district to survive lean budget times and operate more efficiently overall.

"Will it mean we go to a K-8 system? A four-day school week? It's all on the table," she said. "We don't know yet.

"The bottom line is that our enrollment is always declining. It has been for the last 18 years and we have come to a point as a district where we're going to have to make some decisions."

The task force is charged with investigating facility organization, considering length of school day and school week and devising ways the district could change its grading structure, among other concepts.

The committee is composed of principals, one staff member and two parents from each of the district's four schools and three community members.

Committee member Dave Marland said it would be "an interesting process" to see what suggestions are brought up.

"We really don't know anything until we have the first meeting, but the goal is to come up with some ideas to make things better," Marland said.

Niles-Fry said board members hope the community will offer suggestions to the task force.

"The committee will just have to bring to us what they think our district should have and we'll gather input on all the ideas," Niles-Fry said.

"We want to find out what's most important to our community and to the parents and the staff."