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Plummer Worley School District funding ‘dire’

A lot is riding on Tuesday’s levy election for the Plummer Worley School District on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation.

The cash-strapped district of about 400 students has eliminated all funding for athletics, cut kindergarten to part time, ordered three furlough days for all employees and will go to a four-day school week this fall.

The measures will stay in place unless voters approve a two-year, $1.1 million supplemental levy request.

“Those are pretty extreme things,” said Judi Sharrett, the district superintendent as well as its special education director. “I think it hit home just how dire it really is.”

The district is the only one in North Idaho without a property tax levy to make up for steep cuts the Legislature has made in public education spending. Full story. Scott Maben, SR

Hard times for this school district. Do you think the levy will pass on Tuesday?


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