Like almost all other schools in Idaho, the Lake Pend Oreille School District is far from fully funded by the State of Idaho – and thus, the levies that school district residents have passed every two years for the past 17 years constitute a large part of the district’s budget.
If the proposed two-year levy fails, it will have severe repercussions on the school district’s operations, instructional programs, athletics and extracurricular activities and technology. Here are cuts that will be required:
- One-third of all LPOSD staff (300 full-time and part-time positions) will be eliminated
- Schools will be consolidated, with double-shifting required. Those likely to be consolidated are Clark Fork Junior-Senior High, Hope Elementary, Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School, Southside Elementary, Northside Elementary
- All academic and athletic extracurricular activities will be eliminated
- Secondary elective courses will be eliminated
- Technology, all curricular materials, and professional development will be eliminated or curtailed
- Elimination of teaching positions will yield large, crowded class sizes
- Potential reduction in school safety and security due to reduced staffing
There is no question that, if this supplemental instructional levy does not pass, the education our schools can offer students will be adversely impacted.
This levy replaces the current, expiring levy and will add very little to the tax of property owners. It’s reasonable and well with our means. Let’s ensure that our children have the best start in life that we can provide. Please, vote YES for the levy on March 14, 2017!