MSD looking to convert old high school into 3rd middle school

MEDFORD, Ore. —A year after the Medford School District scrapped plans to build Central Medford High School at Cobblestone Village, it is moving forward with building a 3rd middle school. As it indicated last year, the district is building a 3rd middle school at the old Central Medford High School, or what many know as the original South Medford High.

The facility has been sitting vacant since last year, though part is still being used for the district office. The estimated cost is about $30 million. When complete, it would hold around 850 to 1,000 students.

“We’re lacking in elementary classroom space and in order to help alleviate some of the space problems in our elementary schools, we could open a third middle school,” said Brad Earl, MSD Assistant Superintendent.

The school board is meeting Thursday to discuss financing options for the facility. Central Medford High moved to Royal Avenue, last year.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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