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Kootenai to float school levy

Proposal is $1.2 million per year for two years

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:32 am, Thu Feb 28, 2013.

The Kootenai School District will float a supplemental replacement levy of $1.2 million per year for two years to voters on March 12.

"The levy supports student transportation, curriculum updates, staff retention, technology infrastructure, maintenance, groundskeeping and repair of our buildings and facilities," said Lynette Ferguson, superintendent.

Ferguson said the funding would help compensate for expired federal stimulus funds and state funding reductions. The levy will not pay for any new programs.

If approved, the levy will replace a supplemental levy of $647,000 a year for two years that will expire June 30.

Annual property taxes would increase by 97 cents per $1,000 of assessed value if the proposal passes. For the owner of a $150,000 home, that equates to about $12 per month.

A vote of 50 percent plus one is needed for the levy to pass.

Ferguson said additional cuts to programs and school maintenance will negatively impact the students' learning environment and opportunities. She said the district is running as lean as possible.

She said, for example, the district's technology infrastructure was purchased in 2002 via the Albertson Foundation and has not been updated.

"Not only do students need the computers to take digital learning courses, digital field trips and access information, the school is required to provide all reports via an online data system," Ferguson said. "The technology provides students with access to more than 130 online courses and brings equal education opportunities to the students."

Kootenai's student population has decreased from 275 in 2007 to 222 this year and state funding has decreased as a result.

The current levy comprises 26 percent of the district's $2.2 million budget compared to 15 percent five years ago.

Most school districts rely on levies to supplement the state's funding. Ferguson said Kootenai has relied on some form of local support dollars such as supplemental or maintenance and operation levies for more than 20 years.

Kootenai's current taxing rate of $1.25 per $1,000 to support its current supplemental levy is among the lowest of all North Idaho school districts.

Those with questions can contact the district office at 689-3631.

The Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls school districts will also float levy proposals on March 12.

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  • skunkworks posted at 10:04 pm on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    In Defense of Myself.. I moved here over 15 years ago with my Wife and Children not "Once" have I had to apply for County Assistance or Rely on Locals for support in Raising my Kid's..In Fact, I Give to the Community by Volunteering for groups who Provide Firewood,Clothing,Food,Or whatever that Particular Family needs are "Locals Or Not".. I Agree the 3 R's is what needs to be Focused on and Trim the Fat as to Speak... The School district needs to stop trying to "Micro-Manage" a Child's Education and get back to the Basics which is the Foundation to a "Solid Education"...

  • bionic man posted at 3:42 pm on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Agree idaho. Problem is, all the cali's and others that have moved in here want us to all support their drug ridden-uneducated-undisciplined kids. Need to teach the 3 R's and let the parents pay for the extra cirricular BS that they say goes with education.

  • wilbur posted at 12:29 pm on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    wilbur Posts: 142

    you tell 'em idahoguy....you genius , you....

  • idahoguy posted at 8:05 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    What is stupid is... the continued dependance on levies and bonds by the School District. Kids are graduating as it is. I firmly believe back to the 3 R 's of education and cut the crud from the curriculum. There mare way to many feel good courses and extra waste courses going on. Cut them and to bad if that also means cutting some extra nt needed teachers and staff.

    Time to trim more waste and pork.... Not time to raise taxes and grab from all of us suffering under the non recognized non admitted inflation eating away all our monthly spending funds.

  • The Simple Truth posted at 7:38 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    The Simple Truth Posts: 563

    The mantra continues: "keep 'em stupid!"

  • idahoguy posted at 6:30 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    "Most school districts rely on levies to supplement the state's funding." Well that is their on going mistake in ALL this. Stop depending on additional taxes being placed on everyone regardless if they have children in school or not. No more freaking back to back addictive levies. Only one every five years for only one year duration. Learn to live on your allowance and free money from gambling.

  • bionic man posted at 6:14 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347


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