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Last spring, the Coeur d’Alene Public School’s Long-Range Planning Committee presented a Long-Range Facilities Plan to the Board of Trustees. The proposal detailed a growing backlog of building maintenance and school security issues required to sustain the school district’s existing infrastructure. This infrastructure represents a capital investment of $346 million. It consists of forty buildings distributed over seventeen school campuses. The average age of these facilities is 33 years. The specified maintenance and upgrade priorities include work on heating and cooling systems, roofs and flooring, audio-visual systems, security systems, and parking lots.

To fund this maintenance, the committee proposed a 10-year School Safety & Maintenance Levy. The levy would raise $8 million per year for 10 years from a property tax assessment. The money raised from the levy would solely support these school safety, health, and maintenance projects.

On August 30, the public will vote on the proposed 2022 School Safety & Maintenance Levy. This levy is essential to maintain the health and safety of the Coeur d’Alene School District’s facilities and infrastructure. So, vote in the August 30 School Election. If possible, consider voting by mail. You can check your voter record and request your absentee ballot at idahovotes.gov.

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