Fairview School to Close

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, October 9 2012 at 4:00 PM, Updated: Tue, October 9 2012 at 4:10 PM

A proposed closure of an elementary school in Klamath Falls has some parents furious...

Emotions ran high Monday night as Klamath Falls City School Board members voted to close Fairview Elementary.

Fairview parent Amy Allen notes that one man made a parting shot to the board members...

"When you cash in your retirement fund, remember it came off the sweat of the back of the kids whose school you are closing.'  And it still gives me goosebumps just repeating it."

Fairview parent 'Marlene' had to explain the situation to her kids...

"Well, I went home and I told them and they cried for about, oh, about a good half hour, 45 minutes, wondering 'what's going to happen with our teachers?  Where are they going to school?  Why did the mean people have to shut our school down?"

The district says they needed to close either Fairview, or Pelican school due to a tight budget.

No reason was given as to why Fairview was selected for closure instead of Pelican School.

Amy Allen says some parents haven't ruled out taking legal action to keep Fairview open...

"That's what I'm going to talk to the other booster moms about, in trying to save this school."

But for now, Fairview will close at the end of this school year.

It's still not know what will happen to the building.  Klamath Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer says options include selling the building, renting or allowing rooms to be used by community agencies, or using the building for other district business.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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