Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Inadequate Funding for Idaho School District: No Music, Foreign Language Classes or Phys Ed

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

North-Central Idaho's Lapwai School District, one of a number of districts that saw voters reject supplemental levies to help shore up inadequate state funding, is letting the air out of its physical education program.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Lapway officials have told high-school students that the only way they'll be able to take gym class is through an online instructor. Yes, the gym will be open to students, "but the (gym) teacher is on the other side of the computer," Lapwai School District Superintendent David Aiken told the Tribune.

Among the other cuts in the Lapawai district: four-and-a-half teaching positions, a mental health counselor, a bookkeeper, bus driver and custodian. Students have also been told that in order to take a foreign language class, they'll be instructed through an online academy. And one more thing, the school's music program has been mothballed for a second year.

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