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Vale school officials review uncertain funding paradigm for Middle School

By Les Zaitz
The Enterprise
VALE – Jim Howard pressed for details on the door knobs to be used in Vale’s new middle school.
He questioned architects recently about how the door knobs would function in a school. He wanted assurances the knobs would be good quality.
Door knobs might seem a small detail in a school building, but Howard is doing a lot of questioning these days.
He took over Monday as interim superintendent of the Vale School District. He inherited the job of pushing ahead with the new middle school. Taxpayers last fall approved higher taxes to fund the project, assured they would get a new building to replace a leaking, leaning school now housing the middle school.
“I feel sure that we’re going to get substantially what the people voted on,” Howard said in his first official day on the job.
Howard’s optimism . . .