Crumbling Vale school must last two years


The building housing Vale Middle School continues to have challenges.

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – Time has run out for the building housing Vale Middle School – again.

Built in 1936, authorities closed the building in 1954 for safety concerns.

Two years later, the Malheur County officials used it one year as a courthouse before it was condemned. More than a decade later, school officials installed major upgrades and it opened again, this time as Vale Middle School.

Now, the building is again showing its age, heading for retirement after voters recently approved an $8 million bond to build a replacement school.

But that retirement is two years away, leaving school officials keeping a sharp eye out for maintenance problems meantime.

“We still have to maintain the safety of our kids and . . .