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Kamiah gains levy support; MVSD squeaks by

“This is a real testament for this community as far as believing in the school system”

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After years of failed levy attempts, Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons said “yes.”

Voters in Kamiah decided on a $500,000 request Tuesday, March 13, with 57 percent of voters giving the nod to schools.

In addition, Mountain View School District 244 also approved its levy, the largest ever. The $3,090,048 request passed with 53 percent saying yes. The levies are passed on simple majority.

Kamiah saw 626 yes votes to 461 no votes for a total of 1,087 votes. This includes voters in both Idaho and Lewis counties.

“This is a real testament for this community as far as believing in the school system. It’s definitely as much a win for the schools as it is for the entire community,” said Kamiah Superintendent Steve Higgins. “I’m really tickled by the support.”

MVSD saw 1,081 yes votes to 954 no votes for a total of 2,035 votes. Voter turnout was approximately 35 percent of registered voters. In 2017, the levy passed by 52 percent.

“I’m glad it passed, but I feel there’s a lot more work ahead of us. I look forward to being able to collaborate with other entities to continue to offer our kids the best education,” said MVSD board chair Mike Dominguez. “I’m excited for the community support. Thank you to those who voted yes.”

Results are unofficial until canvassed by the Idaho and Lewis county commissioners, who have 10 days from the election to do so.


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