Ideas for 40 acres above Shady Cove School

Five firms answered the District 9 RFP (request for proposal) for engineering services to review the remaining junior high school buildings and, possibly, other sites such as Little butte and the district office in the future. Four of those firms completed the application and were interviewed by a committee.

The committee selected, and the board of directors approved, Zbinden,
Carter and Souders (ZCS) from Klamath Falls. Their estimate was $7,800
and includes opening sections of the structure to check conditions.
   
ZCS was established in 1978 and has offices in Bend, Portland and Grants Pass, in addition to Klamath Falls.
   
No timeline for inspection and presentation of information was presented.
   
Bruce
Howell, activities and athletics consultant grades 6-12 was introduced
to the board of directors during their workshop preceding the regular
school board meeting. He presented his philosophy and goal, which is to
blend groups within the district as well as those in the community to
be in support of instruction. 
   
Howell spent 34 years in
education, much of it in the Medford District at the high school level.
He has been retired for five years.
   
Shady Cove/Elk Trail
Principal Tiffany O’Donnell introduced Marko Bey, director of
operations for Lomakatsi Restoration Project, to talk about combining
classroom education with rehabilitation of the district’s 40 acres
above Shady Cove School.
   
Lomakatsi, which is a Hopi term
meaning ‘life in balance,’ began about 13 years ago. It is a 501c3
organization that partners with ecological groups as well as federal
agencies such as BLM and loggers to improve the land. They have done
numerous projects in southern Oregon. Currently one of their major
projects is in the Tiller area. Lomakatsi receives grants and
donations.
   
Bey’s background is that of a forester.
   
O’Donnell
said they have been in conversation with a number of people and groups,
such as Fire District 4 and Upper Rogue Watershed who are most
supportive of the concept and she asked the school board for their
support. Although it was an agenda item, there was no comment from the
board other than from Scott Grissom, who said they couldn’t make a
decision at that meeting. 
   

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