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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • If Howard Wand had attended any Rogue River School Board meetings, he would have known all of this:
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  • If Howard Wand had attended any Rogue River School Board meetings, he would have known all of this:
    Inexperienced officials? Trayce Jensen has been on the board for 12 award-winning years. Niki Coulter is a Rogue Community College professor. Rob Hileman is administrator of a multimillion dollar company. Vince Ceriello is a retired management consultant. Rich Pardy is retired from the Navy.
    A professional appraisal determined the value of Evans Valley Elementary School at $250,000.
    The school was given to Evans Valley Community Association, a nonprofit 501(c)3. It will become an education and community center for everyone to use, including the school district. The board unanimously approved the transfer.
    EVCA has not taken any kids from the district; it is not a school.
    The board analyzed "what that building would bring" for 16 months. The only way not to affect the district's future budget is to not be responsible for it. The district cannot afford $25,000 annually for a vacant building (due to the votes of Howard, Vince and Rich to close it) nor the $1 million-plus to destroy the buildings under EPA regulations. The board had to relieve the district of the debacle of a previous board's majority vote. — Julie Niles-Fry, Rogue River
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