Saturday, March 22, 2014

Two School Districts Return to Voters After March's Ballot Failures

Posted By on Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Two regional school districts aren't wasting any time in planning their next steps in the wake of the March 11 voter rejection of levies.

Trustees in the Kuna School District had a vote of their own 10 days later, deciding on March 21 by a 3-2 margin to return to voters in May to reconsider a $3.19 million levy. The supplemental levy previously went down to a 1,143-1,500 defeat. Meanwhile, Kuna school officials are moving forward with consideration of major budget cuts for the 2014-2015 school year, but budgets don't have to be finalized until shortly after the May vote.

Meanwhile, school officials in the Magic Valley community of Wendell are reeling over voter rejection of a $3.1 million federal facilities bond, which would have carried zero percent interest. The Twin Falls Times-News reports that students at Wendell High have to cope with a leaky roof, cracked floor boards and unreliable heating and air conditioning.

Wendell voters will be asked in May to renew a two-year, $155,000 annual supplemental levy to help with basic operating expenses, but voters will be asked again in August if they want to approve an additional levy or bond to help finance the maintenance of deteriorating schools.

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