Huckleberries Online

SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2005, 12:10 A.M.

CDA School District Needs To Do Its Homework

Two things stand out from the district's aborted attempt to relocate aging Lakes School: It didn't realize the importance of Person Field to neighbors because it didn't meet with them until the eleventh hour of the planning process. Nor did it have a solid plan for future use of the current school site a few blocks away. Unable to answer key questions, the district wisely decided to rebuild Lakes on the current site rather than relocate. A $50 million levy will be a tough enough sell to patrons in the current anti-tax climate without worrying about a backlash from the Person Field neighborhood.

For the rest of my editorial today re: the aborted Lakes Middle School reconstruction at Person Field, click here.

Question: Do you think the Coeur d'Alene School District will have trouble passing a capital facilities levy of $40M to $50M next spring?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.