Milton-Freewater School District staff move into new office

A building previously used by the Hermiston School District will be at 1020 S. Mill St.

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- School District staff will be moving into a new administrative office at the end of the week.

The district recently secured a modular building that had served the Hermiston School District, buying it for $1, said Superintendent Marilyn McBride.

Although acquired at a considerable bargain, the new building is not without additional costs. During the School Board's regular meeting Oct. 13, Steve Haugen, special programs director, outlined those additional costs. Moving and installation, which includes electric and water hookups, excavation and landscaping, will cost the district about $35,500. Although the total expense is nearly $65,500, the Umatilla-Morrow Education Service District is covering the remaining $30,000. The ESD is taking over the district's current offices at 138 S. Main St. and has plans to base some of its programs and employees from the space, Haugen said.

McBride said the Main Street building has been the district's offices since Milton-Freewater and Ferndale school districts incorporated in the 1990s. The Main Street building used to function as a Dairy Queen and also as the home to the restaurant's owners.

The new district offices are being set up at 1020 S. Mill St., in the same block as a former cannery bought by the district, and should be open for business next week. The move is scheduled for Friday, and although both buildings are expected to be closed during the transition, McBride said phone lines will be up and working to serve the public.

An open house is scheduled on Dec. 1 from 3-5 p.m. to debut the new office.

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