Boise Schools to ask voters to approve $172 million bond in March

The Boise School District is asking voters in March to approve a $172.5 million bond to help execute its 10-year facilities master plan, which includes the construction of six new schools.

"The bond will help meet the needs of today's students and the students of the future by reinvesting in our schools and in our communities," the district says on its website.

So, what will the bond pay for? 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.

The school district says 52 percent of Boise's schools were built more than a half-century ago and are facing "significant maintenance needs and deficiencies."

Several elementary schools (Amity, Highlands, Mountain View, Valley View, Pierce Park and Whittier) would be rebuilt on its existing site and would come with a nearly $14 million price tag a piece.

The district says the bond, if approved, would not increase the tax rate for property owners. | Additional Information

The election will be held Tuesday, March 14.

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