Accelerating Student Enrollment in West Ada School District Leads to School Bond Proposal
Idaho is now the fastest growing state in the United States. Much of that growth is in the Treasure Valley.
- If historic enrollment trends continue, West Ada School District’s student enrollment will exceed 50,000 students within the next 10 years.
- When enrollment exceeds about 42,000 students, West Ada will be in the 100 largest school districts in the United States.
High School Enrollment
- If approved by voters, the new high school school will have capacity for 1800 students.
- The school will relieve overcrowding at Eagle and Rocky Mountain high schools, and accomodate the enrollment increases in the Meridian High School attendance area.
- Meridian High School's 35-square mile attendance area includes 8,781 approved residential construction sites.
- These new residences will generate 2,160 new high school students.
- Eagle High School's enrollment has increased by 267 students from the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2017.
Election Day is March 13, 2018
West Ada School District will have two items for voters to consider on election day this March 13 - a $95 million bond and a two-year supplemental levy of $14 million per year.
- What is a school bond?
School bonds are sold to pay for the construction of new schools or the remodel or addition to new schools. First, voters must approve the sale of the bonds, which are then paid back from the collection of property taxes.
- What is a supplemental levy?
A supplemental levy provides revenue to operate the school system, including helping to pay for teachers, curriculum materials, heat and light and other general revenue that the school district uses for its day to day operations.
The proposed bond and levy won't increase property tax rate. If the supplemental levy and bond are approved by voters, the levy rate will stay at $377 per $100,000 of taxable property value.
$95 Million Bond Projects to Include:
- $60 Million - New high school at McDermott and Ustick roads
- $16 Million - New elementary school at Black Cat Road between Ustick and McMillan roads
- $1 Million - Four new classrooms and parking lot expansion at Mary McPherson Elementary School
- $7 Million - Six new classrooms, separate new gym and cafeteria, parking lot expansion at Star Elementary School
- $8 Million - Twenty new classrooms and cafeteria expansion at Mountain View High School, expanding the enrollment capacity from 1,800 to 2,400 students
- $3 Million - Land for future school sites
$14 Million Per Year for Two Years Supplemental Levy:
West Ada voters have approved a $14 million per year supplemental levy since 2012. The levy must be reauthorized by voters every two years - 2012, 2014, 2016.
- Maintain current programs and operations
- Continue efforts to restore teacher staffing to state levels
- Reach goal to eliminate deficit budgeting
- Continue to work to restore other items cut but not restored
- Participation fees for activities
- Five days cut from the school calendar
- What is a school bond?