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Waiting For Students To Come Back At A Rural Community School

The Dome School is normally the center of the Takilma community.
The Dome School is normally the center of the Takilma community.

Chaos in society sends people fleeing to the country, looking for quiet places and ways to live.

Sound familiar? The back-to-the-land movement was a powerful force as the 1960s gave way to the 1970s. Members of that movement who settled in the Illinois Valley created their own school 50 years ago, the Dome School in Takilma.

With the pandemic going on, the school cancelled all classes this year, as well as all fundraising events. So now the challenge is holding on until students can come back.

An online fundraiser is underway; we visit with board chair mark Kelz and Deborah Murphy about the Dome School's history and as-yet-unresolved future.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.