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Vallivue voters face a $50 million question

The Vallivue School District is rooted in Canyon County’s rural past. The 145-square-mile district was formed in 1961, when 13 one-building districts merged to build a junior-senior high school.

Vallivue High School

But Vallivue High School, sitting in open acreage south of Caldwell, has crowding problems resembling schools in nearby Meridian and Boise. With an enrollment of 1,800, it is the sixth largest high school in Idaho. This fall, the 17-year-old high school will be over capacity.

On May 21, the Vallivue school district will ask its patrons to approve a $50 million bond issue, with $43 million going toward a second high school. And in a district where rural Idaho collides with suburban sprawl, this is a unique debate.

Here’s a link to my full story at Idaho Education News.

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

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