Fremont School District to hold levy on Tuesday

ST. ANTHONY – Fremont residents will have the opportunity to vote for the Fremont School District’s bi-annual levy on Tuesday. The levy will provide $1.5 million to the district every year for two years. The levy is the only issue on the ballot.

Fremont School Superintendent Bryon Stutzman said that in all the meetings he’s attended to promote the levy, everyone has been supportive of the measure.

“I hope that everybody shows up and votes. We generally pass levies when people show up,” he said.

The money will pay for the following: $925,000 goes to salary and benefits; $150,000 is set aside for curriculum and musical instruments; $250,000 is set aside for technology while $100,000 goes for activities like bus transportation to games; $50,000 is reserved for school supplies while $25,000 is dedicated for utilities and building security needs.

Should the levy fail, the school district would be forced to implement significant cuts to its budget, Stutzman said.

“If this doesn’t pass, it would be blood bath. It’s one of the worst things we could do to the district. We’d have to cut $925,000 from salaries and benefits for a lot of people,” he said.

Stutzman was hopeful that the levy would pass, and in previous interviews, he’s reported the last levy passed with 82 percent in favor of the funding. The levy doesn’t require a super majority but instead needs 50 percent plus one of the votes, he said. The new supplemental levy will fund the school from July 1, of this year through June 30, 2021.

Of note, the levy provides for the purchase of musical instruments.

“Twenty-five thousand will go for instruments for the band program for both North and South Fremont,” Stutzman said previously. “We want everybody to play whatever instrument they play.”

Stutzman reported the school district is paying several thousand dollars for a bassoon and that it was money well spent. The Fremont County School District is dedicated to keeping music in the schools just as it is in keeping any other extracurricular activity, he said.

“Top quality musical instruments are not cheap. The levy allows us to have a pretty wide variety, and it’s kind of neat to be able to do so,” he said.

The school district has provided the musical funds for several years as residents have continually wanted to see their school bands continue, Stutzman said.

“The band program is good, and we want to keep it that way. Whoever was in charge of putting together the funding knew money should go to funding music, and they knew that would be a selling point,” he said.

Those wanting to vote may do so at the following polling sites from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

Precinct 1, Island Park EMS Building at 4378 County Circle; Precinct 2, Egin Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building at 633 E. 400 North; Precinct 3, Parker City Building at 220 N. Pine; Precinct Four, Ashton Two area, Ashton City Hall at 714 Main Street; Precinct Five, Ashton One area, Senior Center at W. 522 Main; Precinct Six, Drum/WR, Ashton Community Center at 925 Main; Precinct Seven, St. Anthony One, Fremont County Annex, 101 N. Bridge Street; Precinct Eight, St. Anthony Three, St. Anthony Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center at 247 E Fourth North; Precinct Nine also votes at the stake center; Precinct 10, Chester area, also votes at the stake center; Precinct 11, Wilford Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church at 215 N. 2400 East; Precinct 12, Teton area, Teton Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 44 West Main Street; and absentee/early voting at the Fremont County Courthouse at 151 W First North Room 12.

A portion of the Fremont School Districts flows into Madison County. Officials at the Madison County Clerk’s office reported that ballots have been sent to Fremont school families in Plano and Moody. In all, there are 78 eligible voters in Madison who can vote for the levy.

“We got a modification from the state and mailed out ballots to everybody. Everybody who is registered got a mailed ballot sent to them. They can return their ballots until 8 p.m. on election day,” said Madison County Deputy Election Clerk Brenda Stoor.

For more information on Tuesday’s levy, call the school district at 208-624-7542.