Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School Funding Initiatives Go Down to Defeat in Meridian, Notus, Teton, Wendell

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Just days after too many students wedged into too little space in the West Ada School District, not enough Meridian voters agreed to a bond measure designed to alleviate some of the district's overcrowding.

School officials were unable to convince a super majority to agree to the initiative—62.6 percent voted in favor of the measure in a very light voter turnout (only about 10 percent of registered voters).

 In the Notus School District, a $4.3 million supplemental levy also failed to secure a super majority—only 63 percent voted "yes."

But in Wilder, 67 percent of those who turned out to vote approved a $598,000 two-year supplemental levy.

In the Kuna School District, school board trustee Michael Law, who has repeatedly pushed back against a supplemental levy in his district, survived a recall effort. A sparse number of voters showed up at the polls but 165 rejected the recall effort, while only 65 said Law should be pulled from the board.

And voters in other school districts also mulled initiatives Tuesday:

-Voters in the Council School District approved a $78,000 plan to pay for more textbooks and summer school.
-Voters in the New Plymouth School District passed an $8.6 million bond.
-Voters in the Wendell School District narrowly rejected two bond requests, one for $1.5 million and another $250,000 annual bond over 10 years.
-A $19 million bond in the Teton School District failed to get a super majority.
-A $2.5 million operational levy in the Madison School District passed
-Voters in the Swan Valley School District approved a $40,000 per year, five-year levy.

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