West Ada asks voters to OK school construction bond Tuesday
MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) -- With Idaho's biggest school district bursting at its seams, West Ada School District (formerly Meridian School District) hopes voters Tuesday will approve a $104 million construction bond for three brand new schools.
"Two middle schools," said school district spokesman Eric Exline. "One would open in the fall of 2016, the other in the fall of 2018. And an elementary school that would open in 2016. As well as the renovation, and expansion of Meridian High School."
The overcrowding is cleary seen at Lake Hazel Middle School where ten portable classrooms serve as a temporary solution.
The school was built for 1,000 students, it now serves some 1,500.
If Tuesday's bond fails, school district officials say they'll be using more portable classrooms.
If the bond passes, property taxes would rise $2.42 per $100,000 of taxable value.
Residents we talked to seemed supportive.
"If we need to have more schools for better education, absolutely," said Julie, a Meridian resident.
Kristen Page, a Meridian resident, sees the overcrowding first hand.
"I'm actually with the PTA at our school," Page said. "I know what we need. We have a middle schooler and we know the schools are way overcrowded."
And the district will need all the support it can get: the school construction bond must pass by a two-thirds supermajority.