The Medford School District (MSD) is opening a third middle school in the fall of 2023! Oakdale Middle School! At that time, all sixth graders (excluding Ruch Outdoor Community School) will move to middle schools, offering exciting opportunities for students, and freeing up several classrooms at each of our elementary schools.
We began a process of analyzing possible new school boundaries in 2019 with a committee of staff, MSD family members, and community members. The Attendance Zoning Committee (AZ Committee) was very close to making a recommendation to our MSD Board of Directors when the process was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AZ Committee reconvened in January 2022 and developed analysis for public feedback. Public feedback was taken in April and May of 2022. Feedback went back to the committee, which then made a recommendation to the Board on May 5, 2022. There was another public hearing on May 19, 2022. The Medford School District Board of Directors adopted this attendance scenario on June 2, 2022.
The committee determined its priorities when analyzing potential attendance zones and they are as follows:
- Capacity: reasonably equal for each middle school.
- Continuity of feeder patterns: Cohorts stay largely intact (as much as possible).
- Equitable student populations and opportunities at each school.
- Community voice throughout the process.
Click here to view the AZ Committee charter, which includes detailed information about the process.