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State Board of Education Meets at LCSC for Final 2001
Session; Budgets, Progress Reports on Agenda
LEWISTON - The Idaho State Board of Education meets in Lewiston today, November 14th,
in the Williams Conference Center on the Lewis-Clark State campus.
Discussion in and around the meeting rooms is expected to be lively. Tuesday, Idaho
Governor Dirk Kempthorn announced yet another holdback in state spending. The governor
ordered an additional 1% holdback on all state budgets. The announcement comes on the
heels of a 2% holdback called for in August. The spending cuts are directed at the fiscal
year 2002 budget. Overall, the $2 billion budget for 2002 must be reduced by $55 million.
A number of factors have played a role in substantially reduced state revenues, which are
translating into new budget constraints for state entities. Global and American economies
that have softened more than predicted, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and tax cuts
approved earlier by the state legislature are all contributing factors in significantly
reduced state funds.
Following board work that includes approving agenda, minutes, their rolling calendar, and
an executive session, The board will hear progress reports from LCSC, the University of
Idaho and Boise State University. The presentations will be made during the Policy,
Planning and Governmental Affairs portion of the board's meeting, which begins at 5:00
President Thomas's report is the fourth item on the agenda. Administrators anticipate the
time of her presentation to be close to 5:45 p.m. She has planned a visual (Power Point)
presentation to accompany her report.
The board convenes again on Thursday, for a full agenda. The group will also hear
recommendations from the task force reviewing issues of funding equity and a report on
assessment and accountability.
In conjunction with the SBOE's meeting, the Center for Arts and History is showcasing LCSC
student artwork at the center in downtown Lewiston. A reception to open the exhibit is
scheduled for 5:00 p.m., Thursday. Information regarding the exhibit is available from the
Center for Arts and History, 208/792-2243.
The board meeting is open to the public and begins today at 3:00 p.m. in the Williams
Conference Center's Clearwater/Snake Room. It is expected to continue until 7:00 p.m. and
continues on Thursday, the 15th, from 8:00 until 4:00 p.m.