Snake River superintendent urges support of supplemental levy
Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk presented the need of passage of the supplemental levy in the Snake River School District to board trustees on Wednesday.
"In the past few years, the Snake River School District has received $1.1 million less from the legislature," he said.
Snake River is not the only school district that has suffered financially.
"Eighty-five out of the 115 school districts in Idaho have supplemental levies," Gabrylczyk said.
The requested $900,000 supplemental levy, if passed, will be used for current infrastructure in the school district, he said.
"I have been asked if the levy does not pass, do I have a Plan B?" Gabrylczyk said. "My Plan B is to fund required courses for the high school, middle school and elementary schools.
"If we can pay for the required classes, then we will add co-curriculum courses," he said. These classes include music, art and band.
"If those classes are funded, we will fund extra-curricular classes," the superintendent said. Extra-curricular classes include sports.
There would be larger class sizes, reduction in force and fewer class options.
Plan C is looking at consolidation, Gabrylczyk said.
"Snake River deserves its own school district," he said. "I was hired to grow this district.
"Yes, we want to start new programs," said Gabrylczyk. "We need people to get out and vote."
A public meeting to present the $900,000 supplemental levy will be scheduled during the first full week of March.
The supplemental levy election is on Tuesday, March 12. Absentee voting is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Bingham County Clerk's office in the County Courthouse.