Boise, Kuna, and West Ada school districts push bound and levy measures

Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 19:43:13-05

Early voting has already started in Ada County, but school leaders are still working to win over the hearts and minds of voters. At the Boise City Club forum on education and elections, district leaders made their case. 

Boise School District is seeking a $172.5 million bond for 22 capital projects. The money would cover the bulk of the district's facilities master plan. Superintendent Don Coberly says the buildings they have now, do not match the quality of learning.

"What is at stake is really the future of our schools for the standpoint of facilities addressing overcrowding conditions safety conditions," said Dan Hollar the Public Affairs Administrator for the Boise School District. 

Kuna School District is seeking a $40 million bond and a $5 million supplemental levy. They want to build a new high school and make repairs to other schools. Superintendent Wendy Johnson says they are expecting major growth in the coming years.

"Over the last 15 years, we've doubled in student population and we're expecting a redoubling within the next ten years," explained Johnson. 

At Idaho's largest school district, West Ada school leaders hope to pass a $160 million plant facility levy. Those funds will go towards repairs at 54 buildings and also keep up with district growth. This new levy will replace the current $20 million dollar levy that is set to expire. 

"Because we are asking less the property tax rate will go down by $25.50," said Eric Exline Chief Communication Officer for West Ada School District.  

Just like West Ada, district leaders in Boise and Kuna they say their measures will not increase property taxes. Early voting is underway right now the election is next Tuesday, March 14th. 
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