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Idaho voters to weigh in on redrawing school lines

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A subdivision just east of Heutter known as the Landings is oddly divided with half the neighborhood belonging to the Post Falls school district and the other half to the Coeur d'Alene School district. A subdivision just east of Heutter known as the Landings is oddly divided with half the neighborhood belonging to the Post Falls school district and the other half to the Coeur d'Alene School district.
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City council members won't be the only point of focus in next week's election, for one neighborhood in the northwest corner of Coeur d'Alene, they're more concerned with where their kids will be going to school. A subdivision just east of Heutter Road known as the Landings is oddly divided with half the neighborhood belonging to the Post Falls school district and the other half to the Coeur d'Alene School district. 

"Two years ago when we were purchasing this home here, and in the purchase process we found that we were not in the Coeur d'Alene school district," says Jon Froderberg. 

It was an interesting discovery for Froderberg, especially considering the fact that his address is a Coeur d'Alene one. Froderberg, however, was not the only to make this discovery the hard way. 

"We were told that this was the Coeur d'Alene school district when we purchased the house," says Todd Bellefeuille who soon discovered his home was actually located in the Post Falls school district. He didn't learn this right away, instead it was when he went to take his kids to enroll in the Coeur d'Alene school district. To keep from having to bus his kids 12 miles away to a school in Post Falls he opted his kids into Coeur d'Alene where the nearest school was only two miles away. Bellefeuille's son is now in high school, but this year opting into Coeur d'Alene was not an option 

"A week before school started he was told he's not accepted into Coeur d'Alene schools," says Bellefeuille. "They didn't have enough room and now he has to go to Post Falls." 

It was for these reasons that Broderberg began a petition to annex the western part of the Landings to make them a part of the Coeur d'Alene school district. 

"It's mostly about proximity," says Froderberg. "We wanted our son to be with his friends and we know that the schools are getting crowded so a concern for us was an out of district transfer would get turned down."  

That is exactly what happened to Bellefeuille and his son. If this annex is approved, the new division line would be Heutter Road. There are a total of 250 kids in the area considered for annexation. Not all of the children are of school age, but 85 of the 250 are already enrolled in the Coeur d'Alene schools. School administrators briefly told KHQ they aren't too concerned with a huge influx of students coming into the schools if the annex is approved. 

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