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Levy Defeat Could Close Some Schools

Kids at only 6 percent of the schools in the country get better standardized test scores than those who attend Evergreen Elementary.

But if Tuesday’s levy election fails, the doors may close at Evergreen.

Or maybe Boundary County Junior High will be closed instead. It’s nothing but portable classrooms and an old high school gym, but the students are loyal to it. They don’t like the prospect of being sent to the elementary schools or double-shifting at the high school.

Possible closures and double-shifting have caused heated community discussions. Superintendent Reid Straabe hopes those painful decisions won’t have to be made.

Administrators have other recommendations, though, on what the school board should do if the $439,000 one-year levy fails. Among them:

Replace textbooks every seven years, instead of every five.

Fund only football, volleyball, basketball and track. All other activities would have to rely on parents or community support. Students already are paying up to $200 to participate in sports.

Eliminate one classroom teacher’s job, because the technology coordinator would be shifted from an administrative position to the teaching staff.

If the levy passes, a person with a $60,000 home on a $10,000 lot (and a homeowner’s tax exemption) would pay $42 in additional taxes.

Voting will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at all schools except the junior high. Residents may vote at any polling place. A simple majority is needed for the levy to pass.

, DataTimes

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