The Kuna School Board Trustees will hold a special session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss whether or not to put the district’s supplemental levy on the ballot again this year.
The $3.19 million supplemental levy, a continuation of a previous levy, failed in a 1,143-1,050 decision by voters on March 11. It was the only one of six Treasure Valley levies that failed.
Without it, the district will have to consider deep cuts in the coming year. Also on the agenda is discussion of the budget and the formulation of a “budget reduction committee.”
Jenny Anderson, the board’s clerk, said trustees will discuss whether or not they want to put it back on the ballot, and if so, whether it should run in May or August. She said she’s not sure what the board is prepared to do.
“It’s kind of up in the air, I think,” Anderson said.
At least one school board member is against the levy. Kuna School Board Trustee Michael Law Zone 4, who ran for Idaho House Seat 22 in 2012, set up a Facebook page, Vote NO! on Kuna School District Levy.
“I Think there are things we need to look at first,” Law said. “Before we can go to voters to ask for more money we need to make sure we’re spending money in ways that are more economical. We need to prioritize. We pay for extracurricular and secondary activities but we are lacking in academics. First and foremost, it’s got to be academics… supplies, books and items teachers need to teach. You don’t continue to throw money at any organization when they aren’t doing what they say they are going to do.”
The board will meet at the Kuna High School Commons, 637 E. Deer Flat Road.