Boise School District Elects Trustees Tuesday, Sept. 4


Candidates for Boise School District trustee are, from top left, Alicia Shier Estey, James Tooman, and Troy Rohn, and, from bottom left, Maria Greeley, Shari Fernandez, and Branden Durst.
If you are a registered voter living in the Boise School District, you should go to the school near you (whether or not you have kids in school there) on Tuesday, Sept. 4 (tomorrow) to select three people to serve six-year terms on the district’s seven-member Board of Trustees.
The six candidates in the Tuesday election are contending for positions currently held by Maria Greeley, Troy Rohn, and A.J. Balukoff. The three with the most votes will be sworn in Sept. 10. Detailed profiles submitted by the respective candidates are on the Boise School District Website, by clicking on the hyperlinks to their names, above, and on the site, here.
There are 90 school districts in Idaho, which serve 284,834 students. The Boise School District is one of just seven in the state that have enrollments of 1,000 or more students, and is the only one in Idaho to hold its trustee election in September. The official directory of all the Gem State’s school district2, with links to the respective districts, is here.
Last week, four districts decided on bond issues to finance school operations and construction projects. Here’s how those votes went:
Voters in the Parma School District approved spending $5 million over the next 20 years to build an agriculture education building, to expand high school band and athletic facilities and improve security. The issue passed 72.7 to 27.2.
Payette School District Voters agreed on a two-year, $800,000 supplemental levy for school operations and maintenance. The vote was 485-167.
Voters in the Middleton School District approved a 20-year, $28.8 million bond to cover construction of an elementary school and improve or upgrade other facilities. The vote was 59 percent in favor and 40.9 percent opposed.
Wilder School District voters rejected a 20-year, $5 million bond to add a lunchroom and kitchen, vocational agriculture and shop class facilities. They also rejected a five-year plan to earmark 0.1 percent of school district market value to cover the Wilder district’s share of operating costs for the joint Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency. Both plans were rejected by 60.8 percent of voters.

Resources
Kevin Richert reports on the renewed financial challenge facing the Wilder district in Idaho Education News, here.
The IEA report, with video, of the Boise School District candidate forum last month, is here.
Don’t forget, the Idaho general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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