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District to look into water wells


March 13, 2019

HAWTHORNE PRINCIPAL collects the golden shoe award for top attendance in February. Hawthorne had an attendance rate of 94.66 percent, taking the top spot from Holley School. Meanwhile, Oak Heights bounced upward from 92.95 percent in January to 94.06 percent. The Charter School was at 94.54 percent.

The Sweet Home School Board instructed Supt. Tom Yahraes Monday night, Feb. 11, to look into drilling wells and into whether the district has water rights to use Ames Creek to water its high school fields.

The district saw a 45-percent increase in the bulk water rate last year, driving an increase in projected annual water bills for the athletic field south of the high school from $31,000 to $45,000 and for the baseball field from about $10,500 to $15,000.

The city last year increased the bulk rate for water from $5.20 per 100 cubic feet, approximately 748 gallons, to $7.54 per 100 cubic...

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