School elections: Pocatello, Nampa, Kamiah levies pass

This time around, the Nampa School District passed a supplemental levy, after failing by the narrowest of margins in November.

And for north-central Idaho’s Kamiah School District, a supplemental levy has narrowly passed — a year after the cash-strapped district had to close its middle school.

All told, 41 school districts sought levies Tuesday. Here are some key results.

Pocatello-Chubbuck: Ten-year, $80.6 million plant facilities levy: Passed. The largest ballot measure of the night received 62 percent support, clearing the 55 percent threshold to pass. Voters renewed a levy that has been on the books since 1961. Districts use plant facilities levies for building maintenance, renovation and construction, security upgrades and equipment for buildings.

Nampa: Two-year, $25.79 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 56 percent support. Four months after a supplemental levy fell 11 votes shy of the simple majority needed to pass, Nampa secured approval for a larger levy request. The vast majority of the money would go into three areas: teachers and staffing; classroom curriculum and technology; and facilities upgrades.

Vallivue: Two-year, $9 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 53 percent support. The big-ticket items for the Canyon County district include extracurricular programs, textbooks, curricular materials and classroom supplies.

Caldwell: Two-year, $8.2 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 52 percent support. Caldwell plans to use an increased levy to pay for extracurricular programs, Advanced Placement courses and school resource officers, among other initiatives.

Kellogg: Two-year, $5.97 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 63 percent support. An increase from the North Idaho district’s current supplemental levy, worth nearly $2.7 million this year.

Orofino: Two-year, $5.37 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 58 percent support.

Preston: Five-year, $4.5 million plant facilities levy: Passed, with 65 percent support. The renewed levy will cover a variety of projects — including remodeling old high school classrooms; resurfacing busing areas; repairing and resurfacing a track; and acquiring land for new school sites.

Cassia County: Two-year, $4.39 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 57 percent support. The big-ticket items include extracurricular activities, classroom supplies and adopting a new science curriculum.

Wallace: Two-year, $3.6 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 57 percent support.

Middleton: Two-year, $3 million supplemental levy: Failed. Seeking an increase from a $1.3 million-a-year levy, Middleton received only 44 percent support at the polls Tuesday. Middleton had hoped to use levy dollars on curriculum adoption and implementation; working one-to-one technology into fourth through 12thgrades building repairs and upgrades.

Aberdeen: Two-year, $1.9 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 62 percent support.

Potlatch: One-year, $1.75 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 58 percent approval.

Kimberly: Two-year, $1.6 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 54 percent support.

Kamiah: Two-year, $1.29 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 51 percent support. A year ago, a similar supplemental levy failed, forcing the north-central Idaho district to close its middle school. Kamiah now hopes to reopen its middle school, complete some maintenance projects and enhance student programs.

Shelley: Two-year, $1.15 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 66 percent support.

Filer: Two-year, $1 million supplemental levy: Passed, with 59 percent support.

Hansen: Five-year, $1 million plant facilities levy: Passed, with 57 percent support.

Troy: One-year, $995,000 supplemental levy:Passed, with 79 percent support.

Genesee: One-year, $935,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 71 percent support.

Basin: Two-year, $900,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 67 percent support.

Salmon: Two-year, $900,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 71 percent support.

Kendrick: One-year, $810,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 64 percent support.

Buhl: Two-year, $700,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 50.1 percent support. The Twin Falls County district’s levy passed by the slimmest of majorities: 532 voters said yes, while 528 voters said no.

North Gem: Two-year, $700,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 73 percent support.

Weiser: Two-year, $700,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 63 percent support.

Soda Springs: One-year, $698,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 65 percent support.

Glenns Ferry: Two-year, $650,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 62 percent support.

Castleford: Two-year, $600,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 68 percent support.

Shoshone: Two-year, $600,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 64 percent support.

Valley: Two-year, $600,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 74 percent support.

Oneida: Two-year, $580,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 70 percent support.

Culdesac: Two-year, $500,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 74 percent support.

Highland: One-year, $499,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 64 percent support.

Swan Valley: Six-year, $480,000 plant facilities levy: Failed. The levy received 49 percent support, falling short of the 55 percent majority needed to pass.

Richfield: Two-year, $450,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 72 percent approval.

Grace: One-year, $300,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 62 percent support. One-year, $150,000 plant facilities levy: Passed, with 69 percent support.

Challis: Five-year, $250,000 plant facilities levy: Passed, with 69 percent support.

Council: Two-year, $170,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 70 percent support.

Mackay: Two-year, $150,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 71 percent support.

West Side: One-year, $90,000 supplemental levy: Passed, with 79 percent support.

 

 

Kevin Richert

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