Wednesday, March 12, 2014

School Levies Pass in Meridian, Nampa, Twin Falls; Rejected in Kuna,

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Voters living in school districts throughout Idaho went to the polls Tuesday, deciding on whether to approve supplemental levies. As the Idaho Legislature tightened the purse strings on public education, more and more districts have turned to supplemental funding—in fact nearly two-thirds of Idaho's public school districts are currently operating with levies in place.

In Ada County, voters in the Meridian School District approved a two-year $28 million levy to retain teachng positions and avoid cutting days from the school calendar.

But in a very tight election in Kuna, voters rejected a two-year $6.3 million levy that would have kept staffiing at its current level.

In Canyon County, officials in the Nampa School District are breathing a sigh of relief after voters approved a two-year $6.7 million levy to help restore days to the school calendar and fill vacant teaching positions.

Caldwell voters approved a two-year $5.5 million levy to maintain professional-technical and extracurricular programs.

The Middleton School District saw its $1.3 million levy pass, garnering 68 percent of the vote, to assist with current operations.

Also in Canyon County, the Vallivue School District saw its two-year $9 million levy succeed, to help pay for textbooks, supplies and new technology.

In Elmore County, voters in the Mountain Home School District approved a two-year $2.7 million levy but voters in the Bruneau-Grand View district rejected a two-year $1.2 million levy.

in Boise County, voters in Garden Valley approved a two-year, $500,000 levy to hire more teachers and update a wastewater plant.

And voters in the Twin Falls School District passed a large $73.8 million bond, designed to build two elementary schools, one middle school and expand a high school.

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