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Boise School District wants publicfor help shaping its future

Boise School District requests public input
Posted at 5:18 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 20:16:55-04

The Boise School District is asking for public input for addressing a variety of issues at hand, which are illuminated by a nearly quarter-millon dollar report on the state of the schools.

The district says they will provide a questionnaire online for public input at their website.

Whittier Elementary School hosted a meeting tonight Wednesday, August 31 at 6pm at 1609 Owyhee Street, to determine how to address a new comprehensive report about the Boise School District.

A state-sponsored study by Dejong Richter, an Ohio-based planning business, cost the district nearly a quarter million dollars.  It features a variety of projections but a fact seems to be the amount of money needed to update all the schools, a sum of more than a quarter billion dollars.  A little over half of the school buildings in the Boise School District were built more than 50 years ago.

The public got a look at the report at Cynthia Mann Elementary School on Tuesday evening.  

A key reason, says Tracy Richter, an owner of the firm that did the study, is that between 2008 and 2013, parents had fewer children as a result of 2008 macroeconomic conditions.