West Ada will try another bond issue

(UPDATED, 11:17 a.m., with cost breakdowns from West Ada district.)

The West Ada School District will go back to voters on March 10, seeking a bond issue to relieve classroom overcrowding.

Trustees approved the proposal Tuesday night. If the plan gets two-thirds supermajority support, the state’s largest school district will get the green light for $96 million in construction projects. Including interest, the bond issue would come to $128.3 million.

Here’s the project breakdown, from West Ada district spokesman Eric Exline:

  • Two middle schools, costing a total of $60 million.
  • The completion of the Meridian High School renovation would cost $24 million.
  • A new elementary school would cost $10 million.
  • The district would use $2 million to acquire a site for a new high school in northwest Meridian.

Elements of the bond issue are familiar. In August, a proposal to pay for $104 million in projects received 63 percent support, but fell shy of the two-thirds threshold. The centerpiece of the proposal was a pair of new middle schools — where the district says its crowding issues are most acute.

For coverage of Tuesday’s school board meeting, here’s a story from Zach Chastaine of Meridian Press.

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