Vallivue High is bulging and a new one will cost $50 million

It’s called the Vallivue Shuffle.

Students at Vallivue High School, trying to get from class to class, are practically shoulder-to-shoulder as they make their way down the hall.   Eating in the cafeteria often means standing up because there aren’t enough seats.

The school is at capacity — 1,800 students — and more are coming, says Pat Charlton, district superintendent.

Vallivue District, one of the fastest growing in the state, is asking voters to approve a $50 million bond for a second high school. Election day is May 21, but voters can cast early ballots now.

Cost to homeowners is about $40 a year on a home valued at  $115,000 and about $53 on a home with value of $150,000.

A survey in January showed 70 percent of district residents supported a new high school, but only 60 percent were willing to see their taxes increase to pay for it.

The district needs a two-thirds majority for passage.

Bond proponents are encouraging early voting and are making sure parents are registered to cast ballots, said Scott Gipson, a parent supporting the bond and president and publisher of Caxton publishing.

Vallivue schools officials project the student growth by 2016 — about the time a new school would open — would fill two high schools with about 1,200 students each.

The district itself has grown from 5,300 students in 1998 to 7,300 today.

Part of the reason is lower housing costs compared to much of the valley. For example, the average home price in Ada County is nearly twice the $115,000 in the Vallivue School District.

Canyon County early voting takes place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 1102 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell.

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