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Continue to foot the bill? Elk City School, meals, library discussed by board

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— “Elk City is definitely an area we need to discuss,” said superintendent Marc Scheibe at the June 18 Mountain View School District 244 board of trustees meeting.

Scheibe said Elk City has had four to eight students a year the past few years and looks to have about four students for the 2018-19 school year.

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Marc Scheibe

“We have a responsibility to educate these kids, but do we need to use the whole Elk City School building to do it?” he questioned.

Scheibe discussed the library and board chair Mike Dominguez questioned whether it was the school district’s responsibility to keep the library open for the community.

“I know the community wants it to be open, but I’m not sure we can continue to foot that bill,” Scheibe said.

“Maybe they [the community] should pass a levy,” quipped Dominguez, speaking about the fact the community of Elk City votes down, by majority, school levies each year.

Trustee Rebecca Warden inquired if there were funds available through the Prairie River Library District, ValNet or other sources.

“I’m not sure, but we are going to have to make adjustments, that’s for sure,” Scheibe said.

Chartwells food manager Maureen Burney interjected the food service will not be able to provide lunches for Elk City School this coming school year.

“There is no way, as it’s just too expensive for the number of students there,” she said.

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In other news, maintenance supervisor Ty Reuter went over a variety of summer projects taking place in the district including: water diversion fixes at Grangeville High School; parking lot repairs and seal coating at GHS and Clearwater Valley High School; new carpet and paint in various schools; replacement of exterior doors at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (as current doors are rusted through at the bottom); resolving ADA issues at GEMS; painting the kitchen at GEMS; overgrown shrub removal at GEMS; fixing GEMS sidewalks and getting bids on parking lot surfacing; new slide installation and new playground mulching at CV elementary; moving of CVHS pumphouse away from the river; and painting and re-flooring the district office (using leftover laminate flooring).



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