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Tuesday’s school elections: try, try again?

Tuesday is Election Day — the sequel — in at least four Idaho school districts.

These districts are taking a second run at property tax levies, modeled after proposals rejected earlier this year.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Cassia County. Seeking a 10-year, $13.85 million plant facilities levy, for a range of building repairs, safety and security upgrades and technology projects. This is scaled back from a 10-year, $23 million plan rejected in March. (More about Tuesday’s levy from KMVT-TV.)
  • Emmett. Seeking a two-year, $2.8 million levy, to restore 15 positions, fund a reroofing project and provide $436,000 in operating funds. A two-year, $3 million levy narrowly failed in May.
  • Plummer-Worley. Seeking a two-year, $1.1 million levy; voters rejected an identical levy in May. If this levy passes, the district says it will go back to a five-day calendar, reestablish all-day kindergarten and reverse budget cuts in athletics. (More about Tuesday’s levy from the Spokane Spokesman-Review.)
  • Homedale. Seeking a two-year, $968,200 levy, similar to a proposal rejected in May. The district says the levy will restore two contract days; restore seven full-time positions, including three teaching jobs; and fund a school resource officer’s position.
  • Parma. Seeking a 10-year, $2.5 million plant facilities levy, for building projects and school bus purchases. Parma voters approved a two-year, $700,000 levy in May.
  • Middleton. In another election Tuesday — one that definitely has the feel of a sequel —  Middleton School District voters will head back to the polls to settle a School Board election that ended in a tie. (More about the Canyon County elections from the Idaho Press-Tribune.)

If you know of any other school elections around the state Tuesday, drop me a note at krichert@idahoednews.org

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.

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