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Boise School Board votes to hold $172.5 million bond election

A $172.5 million bond has been proposed for the Boise School District. (File)

The Boise School Board voted unanimously to hold a $172.5 million bond election in March 2017 for a 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan.

Much of the community has shown support for the bond. If approved by voters, the board of trustees say the bond will allow the district to reinvest in local schools and the community without raising the current tax rate.

"(The bond is) accountable and addresses critical facility problems now so they don't cost taxpayers more later," said Melissa Goode, a parent of three Boise school students.

More than $155 million will go into 22 major capital projects including rebuilding six schools, a new school in the Harris Ranch area and expansion in technical programs to train for electrical, plumbing and heating-air conditioning jobs.

"I don't know how we can continue to educate our kids without investing more into the facilities and the things that they have," said Marty Cullen, owner of A1 Plumbing and Perfect Air. "We also have a skills gap in the trades. I believe this bond will address these issues."

School officials say one of the schools that will be rebuilt is Amity Elementary that has been in use since 1979. The sod, school's design and its roof has created structural issues.

"Any time the weather turns and starts to rain or snow, the roof leaks throughout the building causing Amity to become unseasonably humid," said Tessa Jones, whose children attend Amity. "In addition to the roof leaking, when I drop off my kids after a heavy rain, the parking lot is flooded to the point that they need to be carried out of the car to avoid the deep water."

Other parents testified in support of rebuilding other schools like Pierce Park Elementary and Valley View Elementary.

The bond election is March 14, 2017. To read more about the master plan, follow this link or head to the Boise School District's website.

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