CWI considers a menu of expansion plans

Eight months after a failed levy election, the College of Western Idaho is looking at a menu of expansion plans.

And the growing college’s plans might or might not involve another ballot measure.

CWI held a town hall meeting Tuesday to walk through expansion options.

Here’s the menu, and the potential cost, as outlined by Kate Telerico of the Idaho Statesman:

  • A $35 million plan to consolidate health courses at the college’s Micron Center in Nampa and move technology classes to the Mallard Building on its Ada County campus. This plan hinges on passing a $20 million facilities levy, in November or May 2020. CWI would cover the balance by using $10 million in state funding and $5 million from budget reserves.
  • A $30 million plan to add science labs and student support services at an expanded Nampa Campus Academic Building. CWI would use a $15 million tuition and fee increase to pay for part of the project; again, the balance would come from state funding and budget reserves.
  • A $15 million plan to consolidate health courses at the Micron building, which could be expanded. State funding and CWI budget reserves would cover all project costs.

CWI floated a $39 million plant facilities levy in November, falling just short of the 55 percent supermajority needed for passage. Voters rejected a $180 million bond issue in 2016.

More reading: Additional coverage of CWI’s plans from the Idaho Press.




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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