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Enrollment in West Ada is up while property taxes are down

Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 19:17:31-04

According to The West Ada School District enrollment is up for 2017.

The district expected enrollment to increase from 2016, but they did not expect to see almost 900 new students. West Ada School District Communication Director Eric Exline said they anticipated at least 700 new students this school year. The extra students generated a little more than $4 million in an emergency fund levy.

"What we used that for was to cover the cost and expenses of the new kids.  So we hired new teachers, we got new computer and we increased supply," said Exline.

While enrollment normally drives up property taxes this year the district says property taxes actually went down by $25.

"From parents you hear this is helping reduce class size because otherwise we wouldn't be hiring new teachers for growth. And then i hear some feedback from people saying why isn't this levy voted on like all the other levies are voted on," said Exline.