LAKEOSWEGO, Ore. -- Change could be on the horizon in Lake Oswego. A committee has recommended closing one-third of the district's elementary schools.

Bryant Elementary is one of the schools on the possible chopping block.

We have a great administration, great teachers, said Bryant parent Jennifer Tiemann. We'd just love to keep our school here.

But if the Lake Oswego School Board adopts a proposal from a reconfiguration committee that will not be the case. The committee recommended closing three of the district's nine elementary schools and moving all sixth graders into the district's two junior high schools. Those would then become middle schools.

Superintendent BillKorach said the district is facing a $5 million budget deficit going into next school year. However, that does not matter to some of the youngest students at Bryant.

My classroom is really good, said student Matthew Tiemann.

My friends - if they live in a different neighborhood - they could probably go to a different school, added student Alyssa Tiemann.

Another idea the committee is tossing around is closing Lakeridge High School. A former teacher said he hopes that will not happen.

I had the best kids, the best parents, great leadership, said Keith Hurdstrom. A big part of the school is in my heart and it would impact me personally.

And that is why a final decision is not imminent. The school board will think about the committee's recommendations before moving forward.

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