April 13, 1995 in Idaho

Lapwai Schools May Face Layoffs District Prepares To Make Up For Reduction In Federal Impact Aid Revenue

Associated Press
 

The Lapwai School District might lay off some teachers and classified employees because of a reduction in federal impact aid revenue.

The money is paid by the government in lieu of property taxes because of a federal presence in a district. At Lapwai, that means non-taxable tribal trust land, Superintendent Dennis Kachelmier said Tuesday.

School trustees were scheduled to meet today to discuss how they might adjust expenditures to eliminate as much as $300,000, or about 10 percent of the budget.

Kachelmier’s preliminary recommendations included laying off five teachers, five classified employees and about half an administrative position, plus non-personnel reductions amounting to $75,000 to $100,000.

A supplemental levy to make up some of the cuts also will be discussed, he said.

The district has 38 teachers and 40 classified employees - not all of whom are full time - plus 4.6 administrative employees.

As little as five years ago, Lapwai was getting some $750,000 in federal impact money. That has been gradually diminishing, Kachelmier said.

This year the district received $610,000 and next year it will get $350,000 or a little less.

Lapwai has a grievance pending against the U.S. Department of Education over a change in how students qualify for federal impact aid. The change disqualified students living on reservation land that is not federally owned.

Kachelmier said that eliminated or reduced reimbursement for about 60 students for a total of about $100,000.

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