Douglas ESD board signs off on library lease

Douglas Education Service District Board of Directors Chairwoman Chris Rusch signs a portion of the lease agreement with the City of Roseburg at Thursday night’s board meeting.

June 15, 2018 – The Douglas Education Service District took a major step forward on Thursday night toward its efforts to help open the Roseburg Public Library.


At the ESD’s Board of Directors meeting, Board Chairwoman Chris Rusch signed the lease agreement formed with the City of Roseburg that will allow the ESD to become an anchor tenant in the library facility.


The lease agreement calls for the ESD to contribute to the library’s operations in lieu of rent, including IT services, courier services and other support. The ESD will also contribute approximately $1.3 million for renovation expenses and share the costs of ongoing utilities and maintenance.


“Having this lease agreement completed is a key step in the process,” said Michael Lasher, ESD superintendent. “We are honored to be working on this project with the city, which shares in our dream to restore library services for Douglas County’s youth and the community as a whole.”


Renovations are expected to begin this month. The city hopes to open the library to the public in October, and the ESD will be moving much of its staff to the facility from its current location on Northeast Stephens Street. The move is expected to occur toward the end of the year.


The ESD hopes to use the current Stephens Street site as an Early Learning Center to expand the services currently offered through its early learning hub, kindergarten partnership initiative, and early intervention/early childhood special education programs.