Ponderosa Junior High School Expanding

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, July 15 2013 at 2:33 PM, Updated: Mon, July 15 2013 at 2:42 PM

A junior high school is being expanded to welcome nearly 300 new students this fall, in an 800 thousand dollar construction project taking place in Klamath Falls this summer.

Ponderosa Junior High is growing, to make room for up to 280 sixth graders.

"Sixth graders are coming from the five elementary schools."  Explains Wayne Huggins, Maintenance Director with the Klamath Falls City School District.  "Of course, Fairview we closed, and we're bringing them all over here."

The big shift will take place this fall, when elementary schools in the city district will teach kindergarten through fifth grade, with sixth through eighth graders going to Ponderosa.

"We've got about nine total rooms for the sixth graders being added."  Notes Huggins.  "With a couple of staff rooms in there for each building."

Schools in Klamath Falls will re-open on September third...making for a tight construction deadline.

"You find what you can get done in that week."  Huggins stated.  "And set your goals, and get them done."

The majority of the project is funded through federal secure rural schools dollars.

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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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