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Jan 24, 2014 2:22 PM by KAJ News Staff

Kalispell Special Olympics decision explained

KALISPELL - The Kalispell School Board wants to clarify they only discussed restoring Special Olympics funding for middle school students this week, because that was the only program that had been altered.

Administrators decided last year not to have middle school students participate in the State Winter Special Olympic games. Administrators did not make any changes at the elementary level, so school board members did not address it at this month's meeting.

They did, however, assure concerned parents that the decision to cut middle school student participation at the Special Olympics this winter had been reversed.

"They wanted to have their children participate building up to the Special Olympics program - which is very important - and also in the final games themselves. They wanted the opportunity for the school district to provide the supervision and transportation to the event," Kalispell Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle said.

The state Winter Games run from Feb. 23 until Feb. 25 in Whitefish.

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