West Ada trustees to discuss levy Tuesday

On Tuesday — and a week before the district goes to voters — West Ada school trustees will hold a community discussion of their two-year, $28 million supplemental levy proposal.

West Ada district logoThe discussion will take place during trustees’ regularly scheduled meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the District Service Center, 1303 E. Central Drive, Meridian.

The state’s largest district is hoping to renew a $14 million-a-year levy passed in 2014. When the levy was first approved four years ago, West Ada used the money to restore nine classroom days and rehire staff — and district officials say the renewed levy is necessary to keep staffing and the school calendar intact.

But the levy election comes amidst infighting in West Ada. Trustees and Superintendent Linda Clark have been at odds over several issues — including a contract extension for the 2017-18 school year and Clark’s recent appointment to the State Board of Education. Two competing groups of patrons are floating recall elections that would target all five sitting trustees; neither recall election will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.