School districts hope bonds, levies pass as alternatives are bleak

Sixty-eight teachers and staff use this tiny work room at Whittier Elementary in Boise (KBOI photo)

Voting is under way school and the Boise School District says the stakes couldn't be higher.

It's hoping voters will approve the district's $172 million bond to rebuild six existing schools and make improvements at all of the district's 48 schools.

If the bond fails, "The deteriorating conditions that we're currently experiencing will continue," said Boise School District Spokesman Dan Hollar. "Unlike other states, we don't get direct funding for facilities needs. What would be on the table would be redrawing boundaries to relieve student overcrowding and looking at possibility of using general fund monies to supplement facility needs and that would take away from curriculum and instructional materials."

If the Kuna School District's $40 million bond fails, there will be no new high school but there also is no plan B so it would be back to the drawing board.

"We don't have a secret plan in the back seat, no Plan B, such build this building instead of that one," said Kuna spokesman David Reinhart. "We know we have to find room for the students that are coming."

West Ada's $16 million levy is for maintenance and operation.

"Plumbing, electrical, paint, roofs, and parking lots," said spokesman Ereic Exline. "If it does not pass. we cut the budget to two million. We can't take it out of our general operating fund."