Idaho's largest school district preps for major cuts

Idaho's largest school district preps for major cuts
MERIDIAN, Idaho - Voters gave a thumbs down to a school levy worth $37 million over a two year period.

The proposal was defeated in Tuesday's election by 57 percent of registered voted who were against the levy.

Now the Meridian School District will have to come up with a balanced budget by the end of June. School district spokesman Eric Exline said the district will now have to make $14 million in cuts. The cuts would come from laying off teachers and principals.

The greatest cost of health insurance will now be the responsibility of school employees plus dental and vision insurance will be dropped. Exline also said the cuts will force the district to reduce the school year calendar by as many as 14 days.

"When you cut seven to 10 days off, that's much longer of division you don't do. That's much geometry you didn't cover. Teachers try to cram everything into the time they have and every day you lose that much stuff that kids aren't going to learn for next year," Exlline said.