West Ada, poised to be one of the largest school districts in the nation, will add a sixth high school after voters approved a $95 million bond Tuesday night.
The measure cleared the two-thirds majority required by state law with about 67.5 percent of district patrons voting for it.
According to the Idaho Statesman, four of West Ada’s current high schools are at or over capacity. Eagle and Rocky Mountain high schools in particular are overcrowded.
In addition to the new high school at McDermott and Ustick roads, the bond will fund a new elementary school between Ustick and McMillan, among other projects across the district.
Voters in West Ada also approved a $14 million annual supplemental levy for the next two years in an effort to hire back more teachers cut during the economic downturn.
A handful of other school districts in the Treasure Valley area held bond and levy elections as well:
- Caldwell residents voted 61.2 percent in favor of renewing a two-year, $2.5 million supplemental levy.
- Middleton rejected a $25 million bond to construct a new elementary school, with 60.1 percent of voters in favor. Part of the money would have also been used to buy land for a future middle school and another elementary school.
- Parma voters narrowly rejected a $5 million construction bond that would have built a new agricultural education building and remodeled several other facilities across the district.
- Wilder School District’s $5 million bond issue failed as well, with 58.4 percent of voters rejecting it. It would have paid for a new lunchroom and cafeteria, two new classrooms and a vocational-agriculture shop.
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