Lake Pend Oreille School District
March, 2019
LPOSD Staff Attend Idaho Core Training
A group of our awesome staff attended a conference this week related to the Idaho Core. The conference featured teacher-created and teacher-facilitated workshops showcasing strategies for effective literacy instruction K-12 and across the curriculum.
Sandpoint High School Kindness Week
Student council did an excellent job of spreading kindness all week, opening the doors, serving hot chocolate after school, putting up sticky note reminders, to name just a few of the random acts! 
LPOHS Culinary Arts Serves Soup
The culinary arts students served delicious soup today to staff and parents at LPOHS. There was a wonderful array of choices cooked and served by some of our excellent young people from the school. Great job, Chef Rand and students!
Home School Academy Hits the Slopes
The LPOSD Home School Academy included skiing as one of their winter session offerings. 62 students participated and 20 chaperones volunteered their time. Thank you to our volunteers!
LPOSD Implements Powerful Literacy Strategies for K-2 Readers

Teachers in grades K-2, Title 1 Staff and many of our paraprofessionals are now trained in Enhanced Core Reading Instruction (known as "ECRI").

ECRI lessons provide phonics and foundational skills mini lessons for students in grades K-2. The program includes systematic instructional routines to increase the intensity and quality of literacy instruction in whole-class and small group settings.

We are excited to see our readers soar!

Here are ANSWERS to some frequently asked QUESTIONS regarding next Tuesday's Levy Election.
Why run Maintenance and Operations Supplemental Levy in March?
State law stipulates levy elections can be run only in four months: August, November, March or May. The school district chooses to run its levy in March for several reasons. August and November are far too early to know how much money the district may receive from the state, as the state isn’t close to setting its budget for the subsequent year. By the time the school district prepares the ballot for a March election, there is a much higher degree of certainty of the state allocation. Running the levy election in May is too late to responsibly allow for the possibility it might not be approved. If the levy were to fail in May, the district would have to lay off up to 300 staff members and begin the process of consolidating schools to prepare for the next school year. For these reasons, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, West Bonner, Lakeland and Boundary school districts – to name a few in the state – are also running levies this March.
How many people work for the Lake Pend Oreille School District?
There are two numbers to reference in answering this question. One number refers to Staff FTE (Full Time Equivalent Employees) and the other references the head count, or actual number of employees including part-time positions. For example, two four-hour employees equals 1 FTE, but count as two separate people employed by the district. There are approximately 500 FTE and approximately 900 people that work for the school district in any given year. This number fluctuates throughout the year.
Is there a $39 million tax measure to improve school facilities on the horizon?
No, there is no plan to run a $39 million levy. However, there is a Citizen Facility Advisory Committee made up of 25 community members who are working to develop a long-range facility plan for the Lake Pend Oreille School District. There have only been two meetings, both of which were held as public meetings. Minutes for both meetings can be found on the district website at All future meetings will be held as public meetings as well, and the community is encouraged to attend.
Why the increase in the overall levy amount?
One of the strategic priorities for the Lake Pend Oreille School District is in the area of recruiting and retaining talented staff. This priority was identified based upon feedback from the community at large: Over the course of the past year, community members have been engaged through surveys and several public Stakeholder Engagement Meetings. The feedback from those who participated consistently emphasized the importance of hiring and keeping good teachers. Acting on that as a top priority, the levy increase will allow for wage and salary increases for both certificated and classified staff in the school district. This will help the district to become regionally competitive in Idaho with wages and salaries. The levy also funds all academic and extracurricular activities, curriculum and instructional materials, staff training, technology, and one-third of all district staff. While the increase in the overall levy amount is significant, the overall average tax increase for property owners is modest; for those with a home valued at the average $250,000, the increase in the levy amount is only $6.92 per month. And even with this increase, the tax rate in our district will remain approximately 50 percent below the state average.

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