School districts resolve federal funds sharing for now


Last updated 2/1/2023 at 11:44am

Lake Roosevelt Schools, in Coulee Dam in the foreground with the Columbia River and lots of federal land all around, collects less property tax than most districts because it's surrounded by non-taxable federal land. Nespelem School gets even less. The two districts are re-negotiating a sharing agreement they've had for decades on how to share federal Impact Aid, which is meant to address that problem. - Scott Hunter photo

The Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem school districts came to agreement Friday on terms of a "tuition" agreement they've been negotiating for the current school year. A solution for the next school year is still under discussion.

The districts had until Jan. 31 to file applications with the U.S. Dept. of Education for "impact aid" funds that are meant to replace tax levy money they can't get becau...

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