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Idaho voters on Tuesday approved $92.7M in school bonds, levies; rejected three measures

Idaho voters approved $92.7 million in school bond issues and levies Tuesday, Idaho EdNews reports, but three measures failed, including Idaho Falls’ $110 million bond issue. That measure was the largest and most controversial school measure on the ballot in Idaho on Tuesday, reports EdNews reporter Kevin Richert; it garnered 58 percent support, but that was short of the required 66-2/3 supermajority for a bond. The district had hoped to use the money to replace Idaho Falls High School and rebuild Skyline High School.

Among other results: The other two measures to fail were a $7.5 million plant facilities levy in the Snake River School district, which got 55 percent support but fell short of the two-thirds requirement; and a $6 million bond issue in the Shoshone School District in the Magic Valley, which narrowly failed with 64 percent support.

Teton County voters gave strong support – 80 and 77 percent – to two bond issues to build new elementary schools in Driggs and Victor, renovate the district’s other elementary schools, and renovate and add onto Teton Middle School and Teton High School.

Caldwell voters approved a 10-year, $25.1 million plant facilities levy with 63 percent support. Nampa voters passed a two-year, $18.75 million supplemental levy with 58 support; it needed just a simple majority to pass. Kellogg voters backed extension of a two-year $5.36  million supplemental levy with 66 percent support. You can read Richert’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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