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Making the Grade: Upcoming West Ada levy vote

Making the Grade: Upcoming West Ada levy vote
Posted at 5:18 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 13:21:51-04

Several Idaho school districts are asking voters to approve funding during this unprecedented election. In the wake of the coronavirus, West Ada decided not to run its bond measure.

Bonds take a 2/3 majority to mass, but the state's largest school district is asking voters to renew an expiring levy for $28 million over two years.

"That's a pretty significant chunk of their budget," said Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News. "I think they said that's five percent of their annual budget. So you are talking about a chunk of money the state's largest district uses to keep the school calendar whole and to keep class sizes a bit more manageable."

Middleton and Mountain Home also have school levies on the ballot. These funding requests come on the heels of Governor Little announcing a five percent cut to the Kindergarten through 12th-grade education budget for next year.