Klamath Falls, Ore. – Classes resume in Klamath Falls City Schools next week…and some last-minute steps are being taken to prepare Klamath Union High School for students.
A major renovation is still underway at Klamath Union High School, but Superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer says the construction won’t delay the start of classes.
“We are ready to go.” Notes Dr. Hillyer. “We got the last electrical hooked up over the weekend, and got all the portable classrooms ready to go – so it will be a good learning environment for our students.”
Klamath Falls City School District Maintenance Director Wayne Huggins notes those temporary classrooms now fill the area in front of K.U.
“We’ve got the sidewalks all poured for the modulars.” Stated Huggins. “We’ve got brand new modular classrooms. The school is basically out here in this little village.”
The district had hoped to complete construction by the start of this school year, but when bids came in higher than initial estimates, the project was scaled back and delayed.
Superintendent Hillyer says there’s a new completion schedule: “We hope to start the beginning of the 2017 school year.”
Many of the construction projects will go back out for bid once the new plans are completed.
The Klamath Union renovation is funded through a $34,000,000 bond measure passed in November of 2014.
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.