Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, April 29 2014 at 4:31 PM, Updated: Tue, April 29 2014 at 10:28 PM
Klamath Falls, Ore. -- A new school will soon get under construction in Klamath Falls, and foundation preparations are already underway.
Project Manager Justin Azevedo of the Klamath County School District says he's excited about the Henley Elementary School project "This is finally here, and it's happening, and it's a good thing."
The original Henley Elementary shut down in 2006 due to mold problems.
Students have been attending classes in modular units ever since.
But, voters passed a bond measure in May of last year that will help build a new school.
"Approximately 65,000 square feet" notes Azevedo. "I believe we're over 500 student capacity, and I believe it's 21, or 22 classrooms."
Crews are now preparing the site, and hope to begin work on the foundation in about 2 months.
Azevedo says it will take about a year to complete construction...
"We're estimating the fall of 2015."
A groundbreaking ceremony on the project will be held this Friday morning at 10.
Total cost of the construction is about 19 million dollars.
The remainder of the 30 million dollar bond measure will be used for improvements at other Klamath County schools, such as roof repairs, energy-saving improvements, and fire alarm upgrades.
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.