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'Wrangling for schools'

Vern Newby, left, Coeur d'Alene school board member, and Larry Brown, right, chairman of the Lakeland School District board, are at the state Capitol Annex to talk with legislators as part of the Idaho School Boards Association's annual
Vern Newby, left, Coeur d'Alene school board member, and Larry Brown, right, chairman of the Lakeland School District board, are at the state Capitol Annex to talk with legislators as part of the Idaho School Boards Association's annual "day on the hill," 1/27/09. The trustees are concerned about looming budget cuts. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

It's something of a mob scene in the Capitol Annex today, as school trustees from across the state hold their "day on the hill" to talk with legislators. Larry Brown, right, chairman of the Lakeland School District board, said, "We're wrangling for schools. ... We're just asking the legislators to have the least amount of impact on student class time." He said at the ball games, Lego fair, science fair and similar events in his district, people have been talking about the looming budget cuts. "They're expecting it," he said. "But we don't know how hard the times will be ... we don't know what the impacts will be." Vern Newby, left, Coeur d'Alene school trustee, said his message to lawmakers is, "Give us flexibility - we need all the flexibility we can get at this point. ... We need to be able to say, 'This is important for our district - it may not be important for someone else.'"




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