School levy will
be on May ballot

March 22, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Seeley Lake Elementary Board Meeting

At its March 13 meeting, the Seeley Lake Elementary School Board passed a resolution to hold an election on May 8. Voters will vote on an operating levy and two board positions for the Seeley Lake Elementary School.

During the next month, school board members, staff and community members will examine all areas of the school operation. These will include instructional programs, administrative needs, extracurricular activities and increasing operating costs. At its April 10 meeting, the Board will determine the operating budget for the 2001-2002 school year.

Board members expressed concern about the under-funding of schools at the state level. Board members indicated the current funding situation cuts deeply into the basic educational needs of the school and its students.

"I don't think the current legislature understands the gravity of our school funding situation," said Board member Mark Williams. Williams said legislators are offering short term solutions. He said the state needs to rethink its funding of schools.

"It's frustrating to deal with budget issues, but we still want to provide the best possible education to our kids," said Board Chair Bart Peterson.

In other business, the Board reviewed accreditation standards that will impact the junior high schedules for the 2001-2002 school year.

The Board's Finance Committee will meet on March 22 at 5 p.m. at the Elementary School to discuss next year's budget. The meeting is open to the public.

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