Elk Trail building still being maintained

What will happen to the Elk Trail school building, now that the students were moved to Shady Cove? Is the district planning to sell the building? The school had been around for a long time, and I know that building has a lot of history.

— John R., White City

The Eagle Point School District is hanging onto the building for now, John, with plans to maintain the structures.

The Eagle Point School Board voted in the spring to close the school, transferring students and staff to nearby Shady Cove Elementary.

At that time, the district was in talks with Southern Oregon Head Start about the potential use of the building.

In April, Head Start leaders said they wanted to come up with a lease agreement that would allow them to have a class in Trail, citing the high need for a preschool program in the area.

But according to Eagle Point School District Superintendent Cynda Rickert, talks between the district and Head Start dropped off in the spring, and by the time summer came around, it was too late to set up a class for the 2012-13 school year.

"We'll keep the conversation going, and we'll keep our relationship strong," said Rickert, who said the district is still working to determine the future use of the building.

Costs to maintain the building have been estimated between $6,000 and $10,000 per year, according to administrators.

Until a use for the building is found, the district will continue maintaining it. "It's in good shape," said Rickert.

Estimates indicated closing the school and moving the students to Shady Cove would save the district roughly $234,000 per year.

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