School Bond and Supplemental Levy on March 13 Ballot
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Bond and Supplemental Levy Facts
January 29, 2018 – West Ada School District has two issues on the March 13, 2018 ballot for voters to consider, renewal of a $14 million per year supplemental levy and a $95 million school bond. If approved, voters will not see an increase in their current tax rate of $377 per $100,000 in taxable property.
Voters have approved a $14 million per year supplemental levy since 2012. Voters must reauthorize the levy every two years. Supplemental levy funding maintains current programs and operations, enables the restoration of teacher staffing to meet state levels, and allows the district to restore other items cut during the most recent economic downturn.
“Currently, more than 14,000 homes have been approved for construction. Based on the U.S. Census estimate of students per household, those homes will generate more than 11,000 more students in the West Ada School District,” explained Eric Exline, Chief Communication Officer of West Ada School District.
School bond 2018 projects include the construction of a $60 million new high school at McDermott and Ustick roads. Currently, four out of the five traditional high schools in West Ada are overcrowded or at capacity. A new high school will provide space to satisfy current enrollment needs, as well as plan for continued student enrollment growth. Also planned is a $16 million new elementary school at Black Cat Road, between Ustick and McMillan roads. The western area of West Ada continues to see rapid growth in student enrollment from new housing developments.
“Hunter Elementary and Prospect Elementary schools both have more than 780 students in buildings constructed for 650. Willow Creek and Paramount will both be at capacity next year. The new elementary school will provide an opportunity to reduce the overcrowding in North Meridian,” Exline shared.
Classroom additions are a top priority in school bond 2018. It is projected Mary McPherson Elementary School would have at least four classrooms added to their current facility, as well as a parking lot expansion. Ten new classrooms, a separate gymnasium and cafeteria, and a parking lot expansion are planned for Star Elementary School. Twenty new classrooms and a cafeteria expansion are planned for Mountain View High School.
Detailed information on school bond and supplemental levy 2018 is available at www.westada.org/schoolbond2018.