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A fire that severely damaged Woodburn High School last Friday has canceled classes for days to come. It's bringing adult criminal charges against three teenagers.

woodburnfire_small.jpgKGWFire crews fight fire at Woodburn High School, photo courtesy KGW.

Three Woodburn 15 year-olds are facing arson charges in connection with last week's four-alarm fire. Arson carries a seven-and-a-half year sentence under Oregon¹s mandatory sentencing laws.

School district officials say fire and insurance investigators are finding that the damage is not as severe as initially feared, but they¹re not done looking at the school. The district¹s chief of staff, Margarita Roberts, says freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be out of school waiting, until next Wednesday, May 23, to find out where they might have classes. She says seniors will return two days before that.

woodburnfirekgw_small.jpgCourtesy KGW

Roberts said, "We'll prioritize seniors since they've been working on some projects, and they have work that needs to be done before the graduation."

Roberts notes that Woodburn also has high school space at an annex near the main campus, and at a downtown campus. She says Woodburn is grateful for offers of resources ­ including building space ­ it's received from other districts.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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