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Cottonwood, Riggins schools to ask patrons for levies

Election: May 17

Where to vote on May 17

Polling places, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., are as follows:

Big Butte – mail out; Clearwater-Clearwater Crystal Hall; Cottonwood 1 and 2-Cottonwood Community Center (hall); Elk City-Elk City School; Fenn-Fenn Domestic Club; Ferdinand-Ferdinand Assumption Parish; Greencreek-Greencreek Community Hall; Glover-Glenwood Schoolhouse; Grangeville 1 through 5: National Guard Armory; Harpster-Harpster Community Hall; Joseph-mail out; Kamiah-Life Center Church; Keuterville-Keuterville Community Hall; Kooskia-Kooskia City Hall; Lowell-mail out; Pollock-Canyon Pines RV Resort; Riggins-Heritage Center; Slate Creek 1 and 2: mail out; Stites-The Country Center; White Bird-IOOF Hall; and Woodland-Woodland Friends Church.

Patrons can also vote absentee at the Idaho County Courthouse. The last day for mail-out absentees is Wednesday, May 11; however, in-person absentee voting is available at the courthouse until 5 p.m. Friday, May 13.

Two local schools will bring levies to their respective patrons on Tuesday, May 17.

Both Cottonwood and Riggins school districts will ask voters to do their part in providing education for local students.

Cottonwood Joint School District 242 will again ask its patrons for a supplemental levy in the amount of $350,000 for the 2016-17 school year.

“We ask for support in the continuation of our academic and extracurricular programs,” said Superintendent Rene Forsmann. “Cottonwood School District is proud of the fine staff we have and the work they do to promote academic success in this district. Investing in our youth is the answer to the continued success of our community.”

In a recent report to the board, Forsmann noted that passing the levy would pay for an estimated 20 percent increase in insurance costs, new textbooks for language arts and math and continued support at the current levels for sports and classroom activities such as field trips and clubs including BPA, FFA, HOSA, Knowledge Bowl and music.

This is the third year in a row Cottonwood has asked its patrons for a $350,000 levy.

Riggins’ Salmon River Joint School District 243 will also seek a supplemental levy; theirs in the amount of $545,000.

“Salmon River Joint School District 243 has been its own district for nine years,” said patron Tracie Pottenger of Riggins. “100 percent of this levy goes to our schools right here in Riggins. We need this levy to maintain our current operations and cover the state’s shortfall for education.”

At the regular March board meeting, the Salmon River trustees discussed hiring a half-time principal. Currently, Jim Doramus serves as superintendent as well as kindergarten through twelfth grade principal.

For the past five years, Riggins has held steady at the $545,000 asking point.

According to Idaho County Election Deputy Bette Polack in Grangeville, patrons will vote at their regular polling place because the primary election will also be taking place May 17.

“When electors vote at the primary they will have ballots there to correspond if they are in a school district running a levy,” Polack explained.


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