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Kamiah levy: cuts will hurt students

Letter: Herman Yates



I am a current Kamiah School Board member. Levy passage will allow school programs the as in the current year and that found in neighboring schools.

Should the levy fail, I will be suggesting the following cuts from the general fund: no sports or extra-curricula programs at any level; a serious reduction in the number of teachers employed by packing more kids into elementary classrooms with fewer teachers and at the secondary level a reduction in the number of teachers in a discussion of the possible elimination of classes such as shop, business and consumer classes, art, drama, foreign language, selected college preparation classes, and certain physical education classes; buses used only for transportation required to and from school; no buses for field trips and reduced safety busing of children living within one mile of their school; no new textbooks; a postponement of building repair and significant reductions in instructional and building upkeep supplies; reduced teacher contract days; less student access to new electronic technology for students.

95 of Idaho’s 115 Idaho school districts have supplemental levies. I believe that continued levy failures in Kamiah will only breed discontentment and divide in our community; that our best teachers will leave Kamiah; that some families will leave the community or place their children in other school districts; that we will lose even more state allocated funds because of decreased enrollment.

I attended Kamiah schools for 12 years. My wife and I both are proud graduates of Kamiah High School. I served as a young superintendent of the Kamiah schools for five years back in the late ‘80s before moving to another state. I retired from education in 2006. My wife and I immediately moved back to our roots to the beautiful community of Kamiah and became involved in community organizations

I will be extremely disappointed if school levies in Nezperce, Genesee, Potlatch, Cottonwood and Craigmont (Highland) are approved and voters reject the Kamiah levy. The kind of schools you wish for your children is in your hands as voters.

Herman Yates

Kamiah



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