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Locals want flag to wave again

Board given petitions with more than 200 signatures

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

OREGON – More than 200 people have signed petitions asking the Oregon school board to put the American flag back up at the 10th Street entrance to the high school.

Three flags and poles were removed by the district this summer from the high and elementary schools. But the flag taken from the front of the oldest portion of the high school, at the corner of 10th and Madison streets, has drawn the most criticism.

“I realize changes occur in the name of progress, but there are some changes that aren’t acceptable to the community,” said Oregon High School graduate Liz DeArvil of Chana. She presented the signatures to the board Monday.

“The flag served as a beacon when alumni came home to celebrate events,” DeArvil told the board. “Now there is nothing left but a barren spot in front of a beautiful historical building. That flag flew in front of the school for generations and played a significant role in the history of Oregon.”

Resident Chuck Kearns asked why the flag was removed.

“We have pared down the flagpole population,” school board President Ed Smith said.

Superintendent Tom Mahoney said the district wanted to have one flag at the main entrance to each of the district’s three buildings. Previously, there were three flags at the elementary school and two at the high school.

“The flag [at the high school] is now in front of the entrance the most students use,” he said.

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