Recall petition filed against Kuna trustee

Backers may have enough signatures for a vote on Michael Law.

zkyle@idahostatesman.comApril 1, 2014 

The petition came in the aftermath of the Kuna School District's failed $3.19-million-a-year levy March 11.

Terri Reno, a Kuna resident and mother of three graduates of the district, submitted a recall petition with the needed 20 signatures to the Ada County Elections Office.

Michael Law said he had expected a recall petition to circulate and doesn't intend to resign. "If they want me out, they are going to have to force me out," he said.

Reno started gathering signatures after the School Board voted 3-2 on March 21 to try a second time to pass the two-year supplemental levy May 20, primary election day. Law voted against both levy attempts and distributed a flier in the community calling for the district to spend more efficiently instead of raising taxes.

He said the cost of the levy was a burden in a district where 44 percent of students are low-income.

Parents complained that Law wasn't representing the best interests of their children by working publicly to oppose the levy last month. Law said he intends to publicly work against the May levy, too.

Without the levy, Kuna may have to cut its staff through attrition, increase class sizes, cut programs or reduce the number of school days, Superintendent Wendy Johnson said.

Reno said she was especially bothered by the fliers Law distributed.

"At the meeting, I asked if anybody would be interested in signing," Reno said. "There were several."

The Elections Office verified the 20 names on the petition last week, office Supervisor Jo Spencer said. Reno now has 75 days to gather 29 more signatures to force an election. That number is half of the 57 votes cast in Law's race during the last election.

Reno said she has more than 44 signatures. If the signatures are verified, Law would have five days to resign and forgo the recall if he wants, Spencer said.

The levy would be a continuation of one approved by voters in 2012. That levy costs homeowners about $326 a year on a house with a taxable value of $100,000.

Reporter Bill Roberts contributed.

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