Community Blog: The EDge

Tuesday: a huge election day for Idaho schools

How huge? Voters across 25 districts will decide the fate of at least $156.8 million in bond issues and levies.

The number is inflated somewhat by two big-ticket proposals. Voters in Lewiston will decide whether to renew a five-year levy that was worth $10.2 million in 2012-13. And in Vallivue, voters will decide on a $50 million bond issue, with the bulk of the money going toward a second high school.

Also on the ballot are a pair of bond issues to repair, or replace, aging schools in Salmon. If voters say no — as they have eight times in as many years, most recently in March — the state may come in and mandate repairs.

For the most part, Tuesday’s votes will be on levies requiring a simple majority to pass.

Tuesday’s elections come just two months after voters in 36 Idaho districts said yes to $107.8 million in school levies. (To check the 20-year history of levies in your district, click on the Idaho Education News database.

Also on the ballot, across the state, are contested School Board races — including three contested races in the beleaguered Nampa School District, which is wrestling a $5.1 million deficit.

Click here for a full roundup of Tuesday elections, with links to the school district websites and other articles.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

Posted in The EDge