LAHARPE — Chuck Richey, LaHarpe, said the Iola school district “shot itself in the foot,” by closing the LaHarpe Elementary School in 2009 and questioned whether it was worth the money saved because of students who have since transferred to other districts.
Tony Leavitt, board president, admitted it “caused some hard feelings,” but that it was a prudent move, “considering our budget has been cut by $2.2 million” since 2008.
In an effort to improve relations with LaHarpe residents, the USD 257 board of education held its regular meeting Tuesday night at LaHarpe City Hall, but to no avail. Only a handful of residents showed up, with Richey, a senior citizen, the only one willing to speak up.
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