KUNA -- More than 100 people came to Kuna High School Wednesday night to share their opinions on what's next for the Kuna School District after a failed levy this month. The voters rejected a $3.19 million levy for the Kuna School District, that would have replaced a levy that is coming to an end.
The Kuna School District is faced with a choice: Make budget cuts that could increase activity fees and reduce classroom days, or try to run their failed levy again.
Parent Cory Tanner was in the minority, he is opposed to running another levy.
I feel like running the levy again is similar to a teenage temper-tantrum, said Tanner. The community has voted against a levy, they've sent a clear message to the board saying, 'we want you to manage this more effectively.'
Tanner said he supports public education and think the school board has good intentions with the levy, but would like to see them manage that money better. He went through expenditure reports for January and February and said he found areas where he believes the money could have been handled better.
I feel like those funds are a trust that taxpayers give to a school board, and you have to be willing to take care of those funds, you have to be willing to take care of that trust, Tanner said.
Most of the people who spoke were in favor of running the levy again. Parent Amber Abercrombie is one of those. She started a petition that got about 400 signatures of folks who want to see the district try again with the levy.
I felt that, clearly, there were more people in the community that felt the same way that I did, Abercrombie said.
She does not want to see fewer classroom days or larger classes. Her children are in second and fourth grade at Silver Trail Elementary. She said she has seen classes with more than 40 kids, where all their desks do not even fit in the room.
My daughter is in second grade and 30 second graders, even 30 second graders now with the levy, that's too many, said Abercrombie. So to see that increase, it's scary. It's a scary situation and it's one that I don't think is fair to our children.
She is also worried that good teachers will leave the district. One principal said she has given recommendations for five teachers in the past three weeks who want to move to the Boise School District.
If the district's expenses stay the same and they can't pass or don't run another levy, they will have to cut about $2.5 million to balance the budget.