Medford School District examining land donated for new school

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Sat, August 23 2014 at 6:06 PM, Updated: Sat, August 23 2014 at 6:52 PM

Medford, Ore. -- The Medford School District is considering land for a new school. Land that they wouldn't have to pay for.

The 20-acres on East Vilas Road and Crater Lake Highway is a potential spot for a new elementary school, and wouldn't cost a dime. The people who own it intend to give it as a gift.

The property was included in the board's long range facility plan that was approved earlier this week. With multiple elementary schools already exceeding their capacity and full day kindergarten starting this year school board chairman, Jeff Thomas, said the need for an additional school continues to grow.

"We have two of the largest middle schools in the state of Oregon. We have bursting elementary schools, and we just have a need for another school to come online and service the community," Thomas said.

Thomas said not having to pay land acquisition costs would drive down the cost it would take to build the school and save taxpayers money.

The board will decide in whether or not to accept the gift at an upcoming meeting. If the board decides they want the property they'll work with the city to make sure it's in the urban growth area.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

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