New Meridian School Board trustees: Schools need more funding Mike Butts firstname.lastname@example.org May 24, 2013 (…) Two newly-elected school board members both say the district needs more funding to adequately educate its students.“The class sizes are huge,” Zone 3 winner Carol Sayles said. Sayles narrowly defeated incumbent Loraine Hand Tuesday. “I would like to see the Legislature fund the district so the class sizes could come down to what the state recommends.”Sayles taught at the primary level in Idaho and California for 37 years. She now teaches second grade in Middleton. × Advertisement Hand could not be reached for comment Wednesday.Zone 1 winner Tina Dean, 40, also a veteran teacher, said Idaho’s legislators are not giving students their “best shot” at a good education by under funding schools.“It’s really hard to deliver the education that all the students need when you don’t have the funding to back it up,” Dean said.Meridian voters also approved the addition of two seats to the city council. The council will go from four to six positions.“It’s hard to say what the difference will be anytime you add personalities to the mix,” Meridian City Council Chair Brad Hoaglun said about the change. “You hope whoever runs is doing it for the right reasons and not for a personal agenda.” The two new seats will cost the city up to about $50,000 per position, depending on the level of benefits the new council members receive.The new seats give residents an opportunity to run for city council while avoiding running against incumbents they supported, Mayor Tammy de Weerd said.“This community has a great history of people being involved in serving,” De Weerd said. More from this section Helpful or hurtful: Does screen time benefit young children? Posted: 6:45 p.m. Meridian FFA members, mentors awarded at annual banquet Posted: June 20, 2017 West Ada cuts down deficit, but still relies on fund balance to break even Posted: June 14, 2017 West Ada teacher Brendan Earle named James Madison Memorial fellow Posted: June 14, 2017 West Ada increases school lunch, driver's ed and credit card fees Posted: June 14, 2017 Tags Meridian School Board Trustees Schools Funding Carol Sayles Tina Dean Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!