Bad news continues to follow Enterprise school board

Bill Ables

Superintendent Brad Royse informed the Enterprise School Board Monday night that the school's enrollment figures will have dropped approximately 96 students from June 2002 to September 2003. In school student reimbursement dollars that calculates to a loss of $480,000, he said.

More bad new came from the Preston & Gates Law Firm of Portland which has been handling the school's proposed lawsuit against the Great American Insurance Company which is refusing to reimburse some $25,000 worth of expenses incurred when the school's gymnasium trusses were declared faulty last October. In contrast with an initial opinion from the law firm that projected an 80 to 85 percent chance of winning the suit, a second opinion from attorney Jeff Ring of the firm suggested that the language in the insurance contract would keep the school from prevailing. The law firm wrote a stiff letter to the Great American Insurance Company hoping at best for a partial settlement.

Bill Ables was unanimously voted in as the new chairman of the board, replacing Randal Anderson, and Vetie Stenkamp was elected vice-chairman.

The board passed a transportation package which will place the administration of the school's transportation services with the Wallowa County Education Service District. The ESD will contract the services for $20,000, with 70 percent of the total transportation cost reimbursed by the state to the school district. Royse was relieved that the burdensome load of paperwork associated with transportation will be taken off his shoulders.

After much discussion the board agreed to sell three used pottery wheels to former school teacher Gary Wishart who is starting up a local art shop. Board member Joe Stangel encouraged the board to invest the $1,200 received for the wheels in an item of equipment that will remain permanently in the art department.

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