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Fate Of New Middle School In Hands Of Cda Voters

Coeur d’Alene School District residents will be asked Tuesday to approve the construction of a third middle school.

The existing middle schools, Lakes and Canfield, each have 200 to 300 more students than they were designed to hold. District officials say the $9.5 million supplemental levy is needed to relieve that overcrowding.

If approved, the school would be built and paid for in two years. Fifty-five percent of the votes is needed for approval.

The owner of a $110,000 home would pay $117 per year in additional property taxes.

The district has failed twice to win approval of bond issues to build the school. Bonds take longer to pay off, and require that interest be paid. They also require a larger, two-thirds approval.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at any school in the district, in addition to the Kootenai Medical Center cafeteria and the Kootenai Room of the North Idaho College student union.

Residents can cast their levy votes at any polling place. However, those wishing to vote in the district’s Zone 5 board of trustee race must do so within that zone. Those schools are Bryan Elementary, Lakes Middle School and Coeur d’Alene High School.

Herb Cheeley and incumbent Jane Curtis are seeking the Zone 5 seat.

Edie Brooks was the only person who declared her interest in running for the vacant Zone 4 seat. The school board certified her as the winner on Friday.

In other school districts on Tuesday:

Lakeland School District has two contested school board races. Candidates for Zone 3 J (Twin Lakes/Garwood/Prairie) are incumbent Don Soltman, Barry Dallenbach, and Bill Reese.

Zone 4 (Hidden Valley/Hauser Lake) will elect one trustee for one year to complete the current three-year term. Candidates are incumbent George Riffle Jr. and Joyce Nowacki.

Lakeland District voters also will be asked to approve a supplemental levy to raise $18,000 for activity buses in 1996-97. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

In Boundary County, two school board seats are open. Dale G. Albertson is running against incumbent Dan Robertson in the northwest corner of the county. In the northeast zone, incumbent Leonard Kucera is opposed by Michael T. Ashby and John Tice.

In Post Falls, school board incumbent Donagene Turnbow is running against Dan Mouchette in the zone north of Seltice Way.

In St. Maries, incumbent Sharon Porter is being challenged by Howard “Butch” Houck in the zone that includes the southern part of St. Maries.

In the Wallace School District, incumbent Web Cotter faces Carol McCluskey and Kathy Sullivan-Orton in the zone that takes in part of Osburn and the North Fork drainage.

, DataTimes