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UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019

School bond levies will still need supermajority after Senate rejects constitutional amendement

Senate rejects effort to reduce the supermajority needed to pass school construction bond issues.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Lower the majority needed for bond issues, school officials tell senators

School officials urge Senate to change the state constitution and allow smaller majorities to approve their bond issues


Huckleberry pie, Sharia law and CBD oil: proposals in the Idaho Legislature that had steam but went cold

Some legislative proposals made a big splash early in this year’s Idaho legislative session, only to quietly fade away later, and never become law.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

Move to limit local bond, levy elections clears House panel on party-line vote

North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott’s bill to ban retries of local bond or tax levy elections, even with changes or reductions, for a year after voters reject them cleared a …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

North Idaho lawmaker wants limits on school bond retries

School districts shouldn’t be able to keep going back to voters after a bond or levy measure fails at the polls, Rep. Heather Scott told a House committee on Thursday.


Local schools gain bond support

Central Valley School District’s bond continued to gain support Wednesday, reinforcing the success of its campaign and its community support. With more than 64 percent approval, the measure has passed, …


CV District goes on line to collect comments

Central Valley School District is using ThoughtStream to collect information before potentially putting a bond on the ballot next year. The program allows individuals to take an online survey.


Jefferson students looking forward to new school

Fifth-graders at Jefferson Elementary School can’t wait to roam the halls of their new school next year, where they will become the first graduating class of the school in its …


East Valley reassesses after latest loss at ballot box

East Valley’s school board is juggling ideas for the district’s financial future, but members do not expect a bond redux anytime soon. They have until March 8 to file for …


Glenewinkel: Bond lacked parent support

East Valley School District faces the aftermath of repeated failure as voters rejected a $65 million bond Tuesday that would have renovated schools and built an athletic facility and performing …


Group sends mailer opposing EV school bond

Citizens for Responsible Taxation mailed fliers this week targeting the $65 million East Valley School District bond on the ballot in Tuesday’s special election. The bond would pay to renovate …


Modernization, upgrade planned for South Hill’s Hart Field

Construction of the new Jefferson Elementary School near the intersection of 37th Avenue and Manito Boulevard is under way, and come this spring a major overhaul of Hart Field will …


Freeman Elementary School has new space for learning

Nervous parents, along with their new kindergarteners, entered the refurbished Freeman Elementary School for the first time last week for orientation. It was a first for parents, students and teachers, …


East Valley bond failing

As of the latest count Wednesday, the East Valley School District construction bond was failing, with 60.71 percent of voters rejecting it. The $33.75 million bond would have renovated Trentwood, …


East Valley district moving to K-8 schools

The East Valley School District is asking voters to approve a $33.75 million school construction bond on April 26. The bond will be used to expand and renovate its primary …


EV bond would fund school improvements

Ballots for the East Valley School District construction bond will be mailed April 8. The bond will use $33.75 million in local taxpayer money to renovate and improve Trentwood, East …


East Valley School District measure long overdue

Proponents of East Valley School District’s construction bond and reorganization plan are ramping up efforts to encourage residents to vote yes. “It’s time to do it,” said East Valley School …


Plan and timing of EV bond are bad

A group of East Valley School District residents is actively campaigning against the bond issue and proposed revisioning changes. A Facebook page, “East Valley – Citizens for Accountable Education,” has …


East Valley bond vote set

Voters in the East Valley School District will be asked to approve a $33.75 million construction bond April 26. The bond would pay for renovations and improvements to Trentwood, East …


Economy sank bonds, schools officials say

The No. 1 reason Mead and Central Valley school district officials think their capital improvement bonds failed Tuesday: the economy. “I had dozens of discussions with people who have talked …


Trio has strange way of showing love for kids

John Beal, Marilyn Montgomery and Duane Alton just love children. They love them so much, in fact, that they’ve spent thousands of dollars opposing bond measures in districts where they …


Districts asking taxpayers to continue school support

Operating a school district is expensive. Renovating aging buildings, buying band instruments, hiring coaches, keeping up with technology and making sure buildings are heated or cooled add up to big …


Old-school makeover means new life at Ponderosa

When Ponderosa Elementary School opened in 1979, it was the pride of the neighborhood. With its open-concept design, parents could walk in and from the front door see all the …


What the Central Valley construction bond would fund

Central Valley School District’s proposed $69.9 million construction bond would include the following projects: Evergreen Middle School: Expand and modernize the 1974 facility. The project would provide the district extra …


Education Notes: Freshman wins math trophy

Kashif Ravasia, a freshman at St. George’s School, proved his math smarts in the Math is Cool Championships in early December when he placed first in the individual geometry test. …


Mead School District plans forum on bond

Modernization of two elementary schools and a middle school, new heating and cooling systems and increased wireless access are among improvements planned in the Mead School District, if voters approve …


March 10 Election Results

March 10 Election Results