Community College Push 

The well-financed effort to get a new community college built in the Treasure Valley got another boost this week, when Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a measure that would send $5 million to the effort.

If voters in Ada and Canyon counties approve a community college district (an election could be set for May 22 by the Canyon County Commission), then the so-called College of Western Idaho district would receive $5 million from the measure signed by Otter. The school would take over the West Campus of Boise State, near the Idaho Center in Nampa.

Earlier this week, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the formation of a community college district, and accepted the 3,200 signatures that the backers of the new school district--which include the mayors of Boise, Nampa and Meridian, as well as Otter and several business groups.

"I'm thrilled that we are moving forward," said State Board President Laird Stone in a prepared statemnt. "There is significant need for a community college in this area of the state and we hope the good people of Ada and Canyon counties embrace this opportunity to help their children and grandchildren for years to come."

Also backing the effort is Boise State president Bob Kustra, who has made plain his interest in moving Boise State beyond its community college function.

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