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Tue., June 18, 2013, 10:20 a.m.

Trustees-Elect Face Financial Dilemma

Tom Hearn, who'll take office as a Coeur d'Alene School Board trustee July 1, Facebooks: People have asked me recently what has been happening since the election and what can we expect on July 1st. Christa, Dave and I have been meeting regularly with the administration to get up to speed on lots of issues but primarily the finances of the district. Due to under funding of the levy (in my opinion) and lack of legislative support the district has significant financial problems. There have been over 30 positions lost due to attrition and not refilling the position in the last few years and the school district's funding from the state is less than it was in 2009. People know that our per pupil funding in Idaho is among the lowest in the country and one has to ask where is the commitment to adequate funding of public education in Idaho? More here.

Question: Will new Coeur d'Alene School Board trustees be able to deal with financial mess, possibly caused by under-funding school levy this spring?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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