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Rescinding option levy a difficult choice
The La Grande School Board and Superintendent Larry Glaze had a difficult decision to make last week after the campaign committee for the local option levy campaign recommended that a levy not be put on the May ballot. Glaze recommended and the school board agreed that the time just isn’t right for a local levy.
The school district’s financial needs aren’t going away, not even with the passage of Measures 66 and 67 at the statewide level in January. Though the additional revenue from the state will help offset some of what’s needed to make the district whole again, those monies won’t rebuild what was cut this year. A five-year option levy would have provided the extra revenue — about $800,000 a year — for the district to fund athletics and activities as well as roll back pay-to-play fees, add three elementary teachers and a sixth-grade teacher, establish a maintenance program and buy new math and science textbooks. Not having that revenue will mean the district still won’t be whole in 2010-11, and cuts in the budget will be necessary. Whether or not community fundraising will be needed to ensure athletics and activities continue remains to be seen as the 2010-11 budget is put together.