The GUARDIAN takes no position on the upcoming Boise school bond issue. We will gladly offer space to views from either side. This reader/writer has connections with the District so we granted anonymity, but we know the identity.
Guest Opinion By
ED U. KATE
As early voting begins for school bond elections it’s time to seriously consider voting NO
on the Boise School District Bond proposal. I plan on voting NO! Here are some things to think about.
The proposed 2017 bond is $ 172 million – nearly double the $ 94 million 2006 bond
amount and very close to the recently defeated $ 180 million CWI bond proposal.
The current proposal takes a “something for everybody” approach. It even includes $65,000 for upgrades at District Headquarters. You’d think those upgrades would be paid for with annual budget monies but no, they’re part of the Bond.
The 1996 Boise Schools bond levy is expiring and the 2012 Boise Schools temporary
operating supplemental levy is expiring. Your tax levy rate should be decreasing. It’s
not. Seems both levy rates are being “extended” by the District to pay for the proposed
$ 172 million bond.
Is it more than coincidence Boise District taxpayers see new bond proposals each time
an older bond expires? No, it’s not.
The District says the schools are overcrowded but it continues a program known as
Open Enrollment which allows out of District (think West Ada among others) students to
attend Boise Schools. That same policy allows District students living in one school area to attend school in another school area.
And it seems adjustments to current school boundaries to relieve overcrowding are off
the table. Nothing like not being pro-active.
Using “community partnerships” the District plans to make a major expansion to the
Professional – Educational (Vo -Tech) program. The question here (which, of course,
will go unanswered) does this not duplicate what CWI is supposing to be doing? Boise Schools is employing the same tactics this time around that it used in the 2006 ELECTION.
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