Klamath Falls School Donated To Y.M.C.A.

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, January 14 2014 at 4:19 PM, Updated: Wed, January 15 2014 at 12:38 AM

A Klamath Falls school that was shut down last year will be donated to the Klamath County Y.M.C.A...

Youth Development Director Charlene Shaw of the Y.M.C.A. hopes to expand some of the Y's daycare programs into Fairview School...

"We know for sure the first thing we're going to do is move our preschool over there, that's our biggest move that we'd like to do."

Fairview Elementary was shut down at the end of last school year due to a tight budget.

Klamath Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer says giving the school to the Y.M.C.A. will save the district over 20 thousand dollars a year...

"It makes it so that we have fewer facilities that we have to maintain, and upkeep."

Hillyer adds that the issue went before city school board members Monday night...

"We had to first declare the building surplus property, so that we could give it to another organization - and that's what the board approved doing last night."

While there's still plenty of paperwork to do before the deal is final, Shaw hopes these kids will be heading over to Fairview sometime next year...

"I would love to see maybe by the end of March, or something, spring break type thing."

Fairview School was built in 1920.

Following Fairview's closure, the school's 330 students were sent to 5 other schools.

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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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