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State fines Adrian School District $10,500 over mask mess

Kevin Purnell at a school board meeting at Adrian High School for the last time as the Adrian School District superintendent on Monday, Aug. 30. (The Enterprise/FILE)

ADRIAN – The Adrian School District is facing a $10,500 fine from the state for its “willful” violation of the state’s mask mandate, according to citation records from Oregon OSHA.

The state agency issued the citation on Oct. 27 following a state inspection at Adrian schools in early September.

“At the time of the inspection, the employer did not ensure that all staff, students and visitors indoor [at] the school wore masks or face coverings. As evidenced by visual confirmation and employee interviews. Masks were visibly available in the schools but their use was not enforced,” according to the state citation.

OSHA also fined the school . . .