The Hayden School District RE-1 Board of Education would like to thank the voters of our district for passing Referendum 3B. The funds provided by this mill levy will enable us to continue to meet the educational needs of our students during this time of declining state funding. We realize that the extremely close vote on this ballot issue is indicative of the very mixed feelings on a tax increase during these trying economic times.
We have heard from numerous constituents in regard to the reasons they voted as they did. Those in support of this mill levy increase cited the need for a strong educational system in Hayden for our next generation of leaders. They also expressed their hope that smaller class sizes could continue and that facilities could be maintained and improved. Those voting against this tax increase cited the difficult economic climate and the desire for taxes to remain stable or even decrease. Other reasons noted included concerns about the way the district spends its present tax dollars, the overall drop in student academic achievement levels on CSAP tests last year, and the district’s declining enrollment.
The board is aware of these concerns that have been expressed. We know the district has work to do to regain the trust and faith of many of our constituents. We are working to improve all areas of the schools in the Hayden District RE-1. We must confirm the support of those who voted “yes” and prove to those who voted “no” that these tax dollars are well spent and deserved. Your faith and support is critical to a responsive and effective school district. Our district’s report card is the success that our graduates achieve as they enter the work force and become productive citizens in our communities and country. Once again, thank you for supporting Referendum 3B.