Boise School Board Sets Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Bond Election
To
Reinvest In Neighborhood Schools & Communities
Boise, ID -- 11/15/16 -- The Boise School Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to
approve a Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Bond election. If approved by voters, the bond will allow
the District to reinvest in our local schools and community without raising the current tax
rate.
As a result of considerable community input and engagement, Board members on Monday,
November 14, 2016 approved a $172.5 million bond election to fund a 10-year Educational
Facilities Master Plan. Several parents and patrons testified in support of the bond.
"This bond allows us to reinvest in strong neighborhood schools without raising the tax rate,"
said Melissa Goode, a parent of three Boise school students. It's accountable and addresses
critical facility problems now so they don't cost taxpayers more later."
The bond would put more than $155 million into 22 major capital projects, including building
six new schools on their current sites, a new school in the Harris Ranch area, as well as
expansion of the District's Professional-Technical center to offer Electrical, Plumbing and
Heating-Air Conditioning job training classes.
"I don't know how we can continue to educate our kids without investing more into the
facilities and the things that they have," said Marty Cullen, owner of A1 Plumbing and Perfect
Air. "We also have a skills gap in the trades. I believe this bond will address these issues."
One of the schools to be rebuilt is Amity Elementary. Built in 1979, the school's design,
including sod on the side and roof has created serious structural issues.
"Any time the weather turns and starts to rain or snow the roof leaks throughout the building
causing Amity to become unseasonably humid," said Tessa Jones, whose children attend
Amity. "In addition to the roof leaking, when I drop off my kids after a heavy rain the parking
lot is flooded to the point that they need to be carried out of the car to avoid the deep
water."
Parents from Pierce Park Elementary and Valley View Elementary also provided supportive
testimony.
Click on the following video images to hear from the five people who testified to the school
board.
Marty Cullen
Owner
A-1 Plumbing
Boise
Tessa Jones
Parent
Amity
Elementary
School
Sarah Harris
Parent
Pierce Park
Elementary
School
Amy Lindenberg
Parent
Valley View
Elementary
School
Melissa Goode
Volunteer
Friends of Boise
Schools
Further information regarding the Tuesday, March 14, 2017 bond election will be posted on
the District's web site: www.boiseschools.org
News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District
(208) 854-4064
dan.hollar@boiseschools.org
www.boiseschools.org
Boise School District | 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 | 208.854.4000 ww.boiseschools.org
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