Boise School District gears up for March bond election

The Boise School District is gearing up its campaign for a $172.5 million bond that will go to voters on March 14.

The district says the bond will not increase the current property tax rate.

"It's been a process of sound financial management, looking at restructuring longterm debt, retiring the1996 bond, and the 2012 levy," said district spokesman Dan Hollar.

The bond would provide facility improvements for all 48 schools, plus major building projects for 22 schools.

The bond would put more than $155 million into 22 major capital projects, including building six new schools on their current sites, a new school in the Harris Ranch area, as well as expansion of the District's Professional-Technical Education center to offer Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditioning job training classes.

The bond aims to relieve overcrowding, modernize classrooms and schools as well as expand job training programs.

But the bar is high for school bonds and levies in Idaho. To pass on March 14, Boise school bond needs a two-thirds supermajority.

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