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Dec 12, 2012 12:49 PM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News

Kalispell schools look at funding options

KALISPELL - Kalispell voters have rejected a high school building reserve levy three years in a row, but, the school board is trying to come up with some funding alternatives to address immediate needs at the high school level.

A Long Range Facility Planning group has been set up to address the needs for building maintenance, upgrades, and technology support-especially at Flathead High School.

Board members would have the opportunity to refinance a high school bond next year, if it were to pass next May, which would create more savings for the district.

Those savings, combined with several grants the board has applied for, could give them a $4 million to $5 million addition to the 2013-2014 budget.

"The governor's budget for Quality School grants is $10 million. If it is granted, even at that amount, the likelihood of us being a recipient is pretty high. So, we feel pretty good about that component," Kalispell Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle explained.

The school board will also look at funding for energy and safety-related projects within the district, over the next few months.

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