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The fines stem from non-compliance with state regulations, rather than from one specific incident or facility.

CREATIVE COMMONS: WIKIPEDIA - The Hillsboro School District was fined for improper pesticide policies following a review by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Yellow jackets are among the common pests that school facilities treat for. The Hillsboro School District was fined nearly $14,000 following a review of its pest management policies by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

State investigators fined the district over faulty integrated pest management policies (IPM), following a review that began in March 2021. Such reviews are commonplace, as the ODA looks at compliance with state regulations over three-year spans.

The ODA report states that the district and its contractors didn't do proper outreach regarding its IPM program, as well as other procedural failings like using outdated lists of low-impact pesticides to be used by contractors.

District officials stressed that the fines did not pertain to improper use of pesticides, and there is no threat to the health of students or district employees.

"There are certain procedures outlined in the IPM requirements that need to be followed prior to certain applications," said district operations officer Casey Waletich. "This review was not for a specific school or occurrence, but an overall review of our IPM compliance and procedures."

Waletich said that the district has reviewed its pesticide policies and changed its procedures in order to come into compliance with state regulations.

In total, the district was fined $13,838 for its policy violations.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct a typographic error in the name of the state agency that issued the fine. It is the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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