2012 will be last year for Roseburg elementary school

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- One of the elementary schools in the Roseburg School District will be closing it's doors at the end of the school year.

Members of the board voted 4-3 to close a school, mainly due to funding issues.

Steve Patterson, the chair of the board, told KPIC News that the decision was not an easy one. "Nobody on the board wanted to vote to close the school," he said. "Most of us grew up in the area and went to these schools. So, it's not a happy decision to make, but I think it's a necessary decision at this time."

Roseburg School Superintendent Dr. Larry Parsons said he also feels bad, but thinks it was the right thing for the board to do for the future of the school district as a whole. "I feel terrible about it, but it was the right way to vote," Parsons said. "I've never wanted to close a school. I've said that for 41 years."

The board has said that all of the schools in the district will be looked at, although they will consider the citizen's panel that recommended either Green Elementary or Rose Elementary when the issue arose last year.

Officials say closing the school will save the district between $300,000 and $400,00 for things it needs, including building maintenance, new curriculum and technology.

The board says some of the history books in the schools have not been updated since 2005.

This is a developing story, and more information will be posted here.