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Adrian’s resistance puts it on collision course with Oregon state officials

Bill Wortman, Adrian High School principal, said he has "reflected" and "learned" since the mask mandate controversy in the school district. (The Enterprise/FILE)

ADRIAN – On the first day of school in August, the Adrian school superintendent stopped himself from going in and headed back home.

“I forgot a mask,” then-Superintendent Kevin Purnell wrote to his staff in a welcoming note. “A little ironic.”

But masks have been more than an inconvenience in Adrian.

They pitted the strong will of a rural community against the might of state government.

Now, with a superintendent fired and international media attention faded, the Adrian School District is trying to move past the turmoil of those opening days of school.

But first, it faces the largest fine imposed to date on an Oregon school . . .