Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has sent out an op-ed piece urging Bonneville County voters to approve a proposed new community college in the May 16 election. “Your decision on whether to establish a taxing district to create a community college will have significant impacts on the future of eastern Idaho and the entire state,” Otter writes. “Choosing to form the district will be ensuring that you, your children and grandchildren, and everyone who makes your community their home will have access to affordable education to develop their talents and abilities in support of their families and a more robust economy.”
Otter was a prominent supporter of the 2007 Ada and Canyon County ballot measure that allowed formation of the College of Western Idaho, which quickly became the fastest-growing community college in the nation.
In eastern Idaho, backers want to convert Eastern Idaho Technical College, a state-funded two-year school, into a full community college like CWI, North Idaho College or the College of Southern Idaho.
“I applaud the citizens of Bonneville County for the depth, passion and civility of your public discussion on this crucial issue,” Otter writes. “Now, it’s time to choose. Your vote to transform Eastern Idaho Technical College into a full-fledged community college means making a smart investment that will keep paying off for years to come – for our people, for our economy, and for yourself.”
You can read his full article here.