Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Voters in Klamath Falls could be asked in November to pay for a major renovation of Klamath Union High School.
Klamath Falls City Schools Maintenance Director Wayne Huggins believes K.U. is no longer repairable...
"It's old. It's very tired. And basically, it's seen better days."
"Basically, systems are failing in the building." Adds Klamath Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer. "Whether it's heating, cooling, plumbing."
A forum on renovating Klamath Union attracted about 100 people Monday night.
Superintendent Hillyer notes that the cost of the project is estimated at about 35 million dollars...
"We found out that it would cost about double to build a new school."
Klamath Union Principal Jeff Bullock adds: "I think it's a cost-effective plan."
The plan calls for full replacement of all plumbing, wiring, heating, and air conditioning.
The main entrance to the school would be shifted to the other side of the building.
And while the plan isn't cheap, Huggins notes that it could end up costing more to keep repairing the building...
"I think there's been band-aids put on over the years, and it's about time we get something done."