The Boundary County School District 101 Board of Trustees are asking county voters to reconsider the district’s need for local support and pass the same M&O levy we’ve seen for years, including in the 2020 general election, when it fell short by 518 votes, 3,320 to 2,802.
Members Ron MacDonald, Sue Weed, Nikki Weaver, Candace Kelly and Teresa Rae, committed to being fiscally responsible and passing a balanced budget, have kept the lid on costs for years, but need the two-year, $2.4-million M&O funding from the levy to offset shortfalls in federal funding, paid through the state, which comes with strings attached and is far short of providing our students the education they deserve and the community expects.
Like every county in the state, local funding is the only way to send well-rounded Badger students out into the world, able to compete with any students anywhere.
With a two year budget of $11,899,844, state funds are only $8,597,060.
M&O levies fund what the state doesn’t; courses beyond state mandated classes, extra curricular activities including sports, music, drama and more, advanced academic support for high achievers and remedial programs for students who fall behind, student transportation beyond state requirements, field trips, technology, school facility maintenance and improvements and more.
To read more on the M&O levy, click here.
Absentee ballots can be requested at idahovotes.gov and ballots will go in the mail beginning next week; to receive one, a request must be submitted for 2021.
The deadline to request your absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. Friday, February 26.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.