Boise will seek $172.5 million bond issue in March

The Boise School District will take a $172.5 million bond issue to voters on March 14.

On Monday night, trustees gave their unanimous backing to a plan that would replace several aging schools, and finance $58.8 million in maintenance projects at 41 district facilities.

Among the big-ticket items:

  • Remodeling the gym and performing arts center at Boise High School, at a cost of $15.3 million.
  • A new school in East Boise’s Harris Ranch subdivision, costing $13.9 million.
  • Rebuilding Pierce Park, Amity and Whittier elementary schools, each at a cost of $13.9 million.
  • Expansion of the district’s professional-technical center to add electrical, plumbing and air conditioning classes. This expansion would cost $13.3 million.

The bond issue is designed to finance the bulk of Boise’s 10-year, $217 million facilities master plan, without increasing tax rates.

However, all bond issues face a high hurdle at the polls, requiring a two-thirds supermajority to pass.

The Boise trustees’ decision comes less than a week after the defeat of another big-money bond issue: a $180 million plan to expand the College of Western Idaho. The plan received support from 57 percent of voters in Ada and Canyon counties, falling short of the needed two-thirds support.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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