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JUAB DISTRICT MUST SPEND $37,425 TO COMPLY WITH ADA

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Juab School District needs to spend $37,425 to comply with the federally mandated Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) building adaptation requirements.

"These compliance measures need to be taken by Jan. 26," said Superintendent Kirk Wright."While merit and need are not in question, this is another example of an unfunded mandate which forces us to divert funds from other educational areas," said Leon Pexton, board president. He said the federal government makes such mandates but then does not provide funding for their implementation.

This creates a hardship for school districts, he said, in that it forces districts to divert money from other educational needs.

"The tax increase will be heavily impacted by ADA mandates," said Pexton. "The asbestos eradication mandate cost our district approximately $40,000."