Adrian School Board sues state to reopen schools

Adrian High School (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan).

ADRIAN—The Adrian School Board, unhappy with the state’s handling of schools, sued the state Sept. 17 in Malheur County Circuit Court, challenging the state’s requirements which keep their students out of the classroom.

The suit names the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. ODE agency officials weren’t immediately available for comment. OHA cannot comment, said Philip Schmidt, OHA spokesperson.

The state’s rules are harming students, the complaint said, by disrupting their education.

“It’s hard to believe Walmart and marijuana dispensaries are essential business but schools are not,” said Jake Speelmon, Adrian School Board member.

The rural school district, with 295 students, asserts in its complaint that it should be up to the district when to return students . . .