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Six Southwest Idaho School Districts Ask Voters For More Money Tuesday

Molly Messick
Boise State Public Radio

Voters in several school districts in southwest Idaho go to the polls Tuesday. The Kuna School district will ask voters to approve nearly $3.2 million a year for the next two years. That money would be used to hire more teachers, reduce fees, plus maintenance and operations expenses. It could also mean the difference between offering drivers education or not.

The Nampa School District is larger than Kuna but its request is smaller at, $1.6 million for two years. But it’s getting more attention. That’s because of the recent news that an accounting error means the district is going into the year nearly three million dollars short.  Nampa unsuccessfully asked voters for a much larger amount earlier this year.

West of Nampa the Wilder school district will ask for a two year levy of $310,000 a year. That would go for general maintenance and operation. Two other Canyon County districts are asking for longer term levies.

Notus and Homedale’s could last up to ten years each. Notus wants an estimated $150,000 a year to renew an existing levy for building upkeep. Homedale wants up to $185,000 a year to maintain membership in an organization that allows small districts in the area to jointly provide classes they couldn’t afford on their own.

To the east the Buhl School District in Twin Falls and Gooding Counties wants $400,000 a year for the next two years. That’s for general maintenance and operation. 

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