Facing asbestos/mold, Molalla school could close

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The Molalla River Middle School could be closed now that the bond measure intended to bring the school up to code has failed.

MOLALLA, Ore. – The future of Molalla River Middle School is in the air after voters rejected a $35 million bond intended to replace the aging school.

The bond was rejected during the Nov. 2, 2010, election.

Now officials at this Oregon school district are looking to close the school altogether. The latest plan would send its sixth graders to the elementary school and its seventh and eighth graders to the high school.

The school building is 60 years old, and authorities there face continued concerns about asbestos and mold putting students in danger.

"If we were to close that building, everything will have to be on the board," said Molalla River School District Superintendent Wayne Kostur.

The price to keep Molalla River Middle School open, outside of the health risks, is about $125,000 for an early-detection system for fires.

The school district is holding a public forum to talk about the options left for the middle school. The forum will be held at Molalla High School, at 357 Frances St., beginning 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.