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Time to redraw school district boundaries

Lyle News for June 28

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Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

The Lyle school district has not been reapportioned for the last 20 years, instigating a group of concerned citizens to canvas the area collecting signatures on a petition for "the dissolution of the existing director districts for Lyle School District #406, and the reapportionment of the District into no fewer than three director districts and no more than two directors at large."

Redistricting is the redrawing or adjusting of electoral district boundaries following the federal census to account for population shifts and growth during the previous decade and the process is governed by the U.S. Constitution, State and federal law. These boundaries have not been adjusted since 1993, so these petitioners are striving to get the signatures collected and returned to the county auditor by July 1 for review in order to get it on the ballot of the General Election.

This petition will also allow more people to be eligible to run for a position on the board, which has not been the case since the creation of the school district, (in other words, since Cleopatra floated the Nile.) Any questions will be gladly answered by Vern Harpole 509-480-2607 or

The Old Lyle Elementary School Supporters (OLESS) is in the process of fixing the park's broken barbecue in order to meet the needs of the public's picnicking this summer and wishes to express gratitude to two new volunteers. John Stafford is working on the sprinkler system and Douglas Barnard D.C. is weeding its perimeter. Thanks guys for stepping forward to lighten the load of Norm White, who has done so much in the preservation of the park and creation of the pavilion.

Long time resident Alta Shields was surprised with a rose from each of the members of the Sundowners RV group at its June 9 campout at Toll Bridge Park near Mt. Hood. She proudly announced that she was 95 years old at the party which was attended by many of her family and friends.

Many well wishers joined another party which was a joint "going away" party for Steve Little and Harry Tavenner at the Activity Center on Sunday, June 24. The spirit of friends were torn between hating to see them leave yet knowing that it was a "good thing," and all expressed their desire to have them return for many visits.


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