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Naples Elementary School Worried About Being Closed

NAPLES, Idaho - Parents and teachers of Naples Elementary School worry the Boundary County School District is trying to go around a vote to keep their school open.

Last year the Boundary County School District attempted to close down Naples Elementary School to fix their budget deficit. But a state statute required the people living in the district to vote on closing the school. In June, 58% of the voters decided to keep the school open, and the district ended up having to close a different school in the district.

In August, the school board voted to pursue changing the state statute requiring voters to approve the school closure. They worked with the Idaho School Board Association to develop a resolution to craft legislation to repeal the current law.

It's a little bit scary at this point that they're trying to change the vote," said Theresa Wardle, parent.

The school district says they have not intentions of closing the school, but Wardle questions why they are making such a move.

"If they don't have any plans on doing anything then why pursue changing Idaho statutes," said Wardle.

The school district says they aren't doing this because they lost an election. The election just brought to light the idea that they might want to consider updating an outdated state law.

State legislators will decide on the resolution in next year's legislative session. Wardle says the community of Naples is hoping to work with their state legislators to prevent them from taking away the people's right to vote.

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