KUNA -- Administrators in the Kuna School District are preparing for major changes after voters rejected a $3.19 million school levy Tuesday.
They expressed disappointed in the election outcome as they try to figure out their next steps.
Superintendent Wendy Johnson said the next school year will be drastically different than the current one.
The levy failed to get a simple majority, and was defeated by a vote of 1,143 to 1,050.
Terribly disappointing for our kids, said Johnson.
The levy was meant to replace the current one which is set to expire on June 30th.
Property taxes would have stayed the same, but voters decided they would rather see a reduction in taxes - about $365 a year per $100,000 home.
Johnson says that money is significant to the district, making up about 11 percent of the overall budget.
So when you take 11 percent out of any budget, you see changes, said Johnson.
The changes are not set yet but will likely include a reduction in classroom days for students, a reduction in programs and an increase in fees for extracurricular activities like sports and music.
Johnson plans to put a committee together to come up with recommendations that will be presented to the board, likely sometime next week.
I would say across the board we'll see reductions in staff, and it wouldn't just be teachers, it would be support staff as well that might be part of that, said Johnson.
The district could also consider running another school levy in May or August.
If you run it again would you consider lowering the levy? asked KTVB.
We'd consider everything at this point, yeah, said Johnson.
District and school leaders plan to meet Thursday to begin the process of figuring out what to present to the board next week.