THE MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS A PLAN TO ALLEVIATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OVERCROWDING, AND TO BOOST STUDENT ACHEIVEMENT. THE MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE SAYS THAT IN FALL OF 2018, THE SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY, AN OPT IN PROGRAM, COULD TAKE IN AROUND A QUARTER OF THE DISTRICT’S 1100 SIXTH GRADERS. MCLOUGHLIN AND HENDRICK MIDDLE SCHOOLS COULD TAKE IN 120, AND RUCH MIDDLE SCHOOL MAY HOUSE 20.