Elections: Levies, bonds pass; Caldwell trustees recalled

Voters approved big-ticket supplemental levies and bond issues — even in the embattled West Ada School District.

Meanwhile, the Caldwell School District heads into its own turbulent transition, with the recall of two sitting trustees.

Here’s the rundown from Tuesday’s key school elections.

West Ada

Supplemental levy. Two years, $28 million. Passed.

After four contentious months — culminating in Superintendent Linda Clark’s sudden resignation on Oct. 23 — the renewed levy received 59 percent support.

It needed a simple majority to pass.

The state’s largest district said the levy was needed maintain nine classroom days and retain teaching staff.

Meridian library

Bond issue, $12 million. Failed.

Voter rejection of the branch library proposal complicates an unusual collaboration involving West Ada, the Meridian Library District and the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. The three entities have agreed to partner on an elementary school off of Eagle and Amity roads, with a branch library and YMCA on the campus.

West Ada plans to open the Hillsdale Elementary School next fall, but trustees have questioned the rising pricetag for the district. Hillsdale is now expected to cost $14.3 million; the district budgeted $10 million from a school bond issue that passed in March.

Tuesday’s proposal to build two branch libraries received 59 percent voter support — but needed a two-thirds supermajority to pass.

Nampa

Supplemental levy. Two years, $15.56 million. Passed.

Voters gave a renewed — and enhanced — supplemental levy 57 percent approval.

Tuesday’s levy replaces a two-year, $6.8 million that expires next year. Nampa has several plans for the money, including hiring 10 teachers; beginning a six-year cycle of replacing curriculum materials; and reducing student fees.

Rising property values to cover much of the increase in the levy, but Tuesday’s vote will add up to a $13 tax increase on $100,000 of taxable property.

Vallivue

Supplemental levy. Two years, $9 million. Passed.

With a 63 percent majority, voters renewed a supplemental levy in this rapidly growing Canyon County district.

Vallivue officials say the levy will be used to maintain current staffing, replace textbooks and purchase technology and fund Advanced Placement and concurrent credit programs.

Bonneville

Bond issues, $55.3 million and $8.2 million. Both passed.

After three failed attempts — including two unsuccessful bond issues earlier this year — this growing Eastern Idaho district finally received the elusive two-thirds support needed to build a new high school.

Bonneville actually prevailed twice at the polls Tuesday. The larger bond issue for the high school received 73 percent support. A second bond issue for a high school athletic stadium and performing arts center passed with 68 percent backing.

More about the election from KIVI TV.

Caldwell

Two trustees recalled.

Leif Skyving and Amy Rojas were voted out of office Tuesday, five months after the still-unexplained ouster of Superintendent Tim Rosandick and deputy superintendent Luci Asumendi.

A majority of voters supported the two recalls. The Rojas recall had to clear a second hurdle; 296 voters backed her recall, exceeding the 98 votes she received in the previous election.

Since Skyving was unopposed in the last election, his recall required only a simple majority to pass.

In June, Skyving and Rojas were two of the three trustees who voted to oust Rosandick and Asumendi, who still remain under contract with the district. Recall backers have criticized the secrecy that continues to surround the shakeup.

More on the recalls from the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Buhl

Two-year, $800,000 supplemental levy. Passed.

Voters renewed this levy with a 57 percent majority. Details on the levy from The Times-News.