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Twin Falls Teachers Get Help From Emergency Levy
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) More students entering the Twin Falls School District are forcing big changes. Last night the school board approved a $1.4 million emergency levy.
Schools in Twin Falls have seen a four percent increase in student numbers for two years in a row. In the last two years, more than 700 new students moved into the Twin Falls Schools District. An approved emergency levy will help teach those new students.
Superintendent Wiley Dobbs says, "At the direction of the Community Budget Advisory Committee, decided that they would accept the emergency levy this year to help with the costs of these high numbers of students, supplies, additional personnel, those kinds of things."
Betty Leppert has been teaching for ten years, the last four of those at Lincoln Elementary School. She would qualify for a paraprofessional aide to help her in the classroom.
Leppert says, "Then we'll be able to advance their learning, and extend them. Those who need that extra help will have that time to have extra help, instead of feeling like I have to push them off until later."
Right now keeping her class in line feels like crowd control.
Each teacher would also receive $150 worth of materials, with $500 for additional textbooks. The district would add another half day kindergarten teacher at Harrison Elementary. The emergency levy will go into effect this school year.
The school board is also looking at building additional schools, too.
Dobbs says, "If they decide to go for a Schools Facilities levy, that election most likely will take place in March of 2014."
September 10, 2013.