Mar 4, 2013 3:46 PM by Russ Thomas - KPAX News
LOLO - State Representative Champ Edmunds headed out to Lolo School on Monday morning to get a first-hand look at the overcrowding issues educators and students are dealing with on the hillside campus.
The tour, given by Lolo School Superintendent Mike Magone, stressed the need for a new facility to ease overcrowding, and to provide adequate facilities for the over 625 students who use the campus each day.
School officials, and some parents, are promoting the idea of building a new K-4 school on 20 acres of land of Farm Lane that Lolo School bought years ago. They hope to provide a safer and more efficient school for the younger students.
"They're trying to figure out, how many kids are we going to have to serve down the road, and even if this building was sufficient to do the job, it's not big enough to do the job. So, do you want to put more money into an old facility, or do you want to build a new facility? I would say a new facility is needed," Edmunds observed.
The $10.5 million bond to build a new school is being placed on a ballot that's slated to go out this fall. The measure would cost Lolo residents about $20 a month more in taxes on a home appraised at $200,000.