Last week we told you how a $10.5 million school bond failed to pass in Lolo.
The bond would have funded the building of a new kindergarten through fourth grade elementary school on the east side of town but now school leaders say they will most likely have to try and pass a bond again in the future.
Thursday night board members discussed the reasons why residents didn’t pass the bond. They say one reason is residents weren’t in favor of a tax increase.
The proposed levy would have cost taxpayers $249.50 cents a year on a $200,000 home, or $124.75 a year on a $100,000 home.
Board members say they believe there was a misunderstanding about the plan for the new school.
They say there was never any intention of having two separate schools but that eventually they would have moved the 5th through 8th graders to the new campus – to join the kindergarten through 4th graders.
The school already owns 20-acres several blocks away from the current campus location and that’s where they intended to build the new campus.
Board members argued that the misunderstanding may be one of the reasons why residents didn’t pass the bond.
Some Lolo residents argued that some residents will reject the bond no matter what the school board does because they don’t want to see their taxes go up.
Lolo school board members say their goal now is to dig into why residents rejected the bond and to try and address those concerns; they say they want to get the public more involved in the future of the Lolo School campus which they say is outdated, unsafe and in some buildings not-handicap accessible.
Another public meeting will be held this Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the upper gymnasium and they encourage the public to come out and brainstorm with them.
Superintendent of Lolo Schools Mike Magone says the bond issue aside some facilities are simply too outdated and unsafe for students and that something will have to be done to address those concerns eventually.