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Kalispell schools look at budget options after school levy fails

Posted: 8:42 AM, May 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-09 10:47:58-04

KALISPELL – Voters turned down the $1.2 Kalispell school levy on Tuesday.

It was the district’s first general request from the district in 12 years and in that time enrollment has increased by over 330 students, supporting the largest schools in the state.

The levy funds would’ve addressed school curriculum, school safety and technology concerns.

Kalispell Schools Superintendent Mark Flatau told MTN News that the budget still has to be balanced somehow and those impacts could be immediate and will come at a cost.

“Eighty-six percent of the general high school budget is personnel and it’s hard to get to these levels of cuts without impacting personnel and staffing. That’s the sad reality,” Flatau said.

He says at the next budget meeting, staff will be forced to start trimming $1.2 million from the high school budget for next school year.