A complete list of school bonds and levies on Tuesday’s ballots
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IDAHO FALLS — Bonneville Joint School District 93 voters will get the chance to vote on a proposed $35.3 million bond to build a new middle school on Tuesday, March 13.
The school board had initially pitched a $58 million bond last June to build a new middle school and special education hub. However, after changes on the board shortly after, that plan was dropped in favor of the $35 million bond.
“We’ve learned that if we ask for too much they’re just going to say no,” District 93 Superintendent Chuck Shackett told EastIdahoNews.com. “We don’t have time for a no because we have to start building. We are so overcrowded.”
Building new schools to combat overcrowding has been a project in District 93 for years. The district successfully passed a $63.5 million bond in 2015 for a new high school and performing arts center, however, the year before a $92 million bond to build both a new high school and middle school failed to find voter approval.
District 93, which covers parts of Bonneville and Bingham counties, has seen an average increase of nearly 400 students per year for the past decade, according to Shackett.
Shackett said because of the failure of the first ($92 million bond) that the district was not prepared for that kind of population growth. The new middle school will cater to 1,000 students from seventh to eighth grade.
The school bond requires a two-thirds supermajority vote to pass.
Besides District 93, many other local school districts will have smaller supplemental or plant facilities levies on the ballot. Levies only require a simple majority vote to pass. The following is a list of the local levy elections:
Shelley School District 60
Firth School District 59
Snake River School District 52
Aberdeen School District 58
Marsh Valley School District 21
Grace School District 148
North Gem School District 149
Soda Springs School District 150
Mackay School District 182
West Side School District 202
Salmon School District 291
Oneida School District 351