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Post Falls bond vote is 'do or die'

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Foot traffic was light in a number Post Falls polling stations this morning. Foot traffic was light in a number Post Falls polling stations this morning.
POST FALLS, Idaho -

Foot traffic was light in a number Post Falls polling stations this morning. The people who were filling out their ballots, however, were very vocal in their support of a bond and levy totaling nearly $20 million.

"It's for the children and it makes our community better," says Carolyn Weil, a former Post Falls School District teacher.

Attitude like that is music to the ears of district superintendent Jerry Keane who says the state has cut the district's budget by more than $2 million since 2009.

"Right now we have a couple of schools, three in particular, that are overcrowded," says Keane.

For five years Keane has been dealing with overcrowding. Prairie Elementary was built to house 550 students, but there are currently 670 enrolled. A problem that continues to get worse as the district grows.

"It's untenable," says Keane. "We need to rectify that real soon."

Most districts awaiting poll results only proposed supplemental levies, but even those districts said the levies were essential. Keane says it was "do or die." The district needs a new school, and as a result, a bond now sits on their ballot.

"We felt like we had to do it because our needs are so great on the facilities side," says Keane.

Polls close at 8 p.m. Districts don't expect to hear results until around 9 p.m.

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