With the failure of Culver School District's second attempt to pass a bond levy, the district will face some tough choices.

"Well, the good news is you don't need heat in the spring or fall, necessarily," said Superintendent Stefanie Garber, referring to the district's failing heating system, which would have been replaced had the $9.75 million bond passed on Tuesday.

Garber, who has been superintendent for four years and elementary school principal for 12 years, said the district currently has about 668 students, and a staff of 85 — including 40 teachers.

The district just passed a budget for the coming year, that's "mostly in salaries," she said. "We'll have to go back and see what we could shave even more."

The Culver School Board will also have to decide what to do about land payments totalling about $220,000 which must be paid this year. If the payments come out of the regular budget, she said, "It would be about three and one-half teachers, but I don't know that's what the board would choose to do."

Garber anticipates that the board will try to pass the levy again in November. "We'll go back in the fall, because we have to do something," she said.

The board's next meeting is scheduled for June 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.

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