Chapter ends for Rigby school librarians

As the Jefferson School District attempts to balance the books, students in the Rigby-based district may be on their own trying to find books.

Elementary school librarians and secondary school library aides are out, as the district makes personnel cuts to erase a $471,000 shortfall, according to the Idaho Falls Post Register.

The budget troubles stem, in part, from a failed supplemental levy. While Idaho voters approved more than $130 million in school ballot measures on May 21, Jefferson’s $1 million supplemental levy received only 29 percent support.

“Frankly, I’m fed up with the (lack of) support from this community for public education and I don’t want to be a part of it anymore,” outgoing trustee Paul Hepworth said, according to the Post Register.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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