Before taxpayer vote, Boise School District moves forward on projects

The proposed Whittier Elementary School

The proposed Whittier Elementary School

The Boise School District will ask voters next month to approve $172.5 million in tax dollars to fund a raft of school improvements.

Even though voters have not yet headed to the polls, the district is already working on the projects.

Boise School District spokesperson Dan Hollar confirmed "both of these would be dependent on the successful bond election."

 Documents were filed last week with the City of Boise for two projects:

  • A 30,000 square foot expansion of Timberline High School in SE Boise. Few details available so far, but the district has filed for a conditional use permit on the project. The expansion would be on the west side of the existing school and would add additional classroom space in a field between the school and baseball facility.
  • The district hopes to replace the current Whittier Elementary School with a new building. It would have 29 classrooms, plus a cafeteria, gym, music room and library spread out over two levels, totaling about 70,000 square feet. The building would be Whittier is located on 29th Street near the new Esther Simplot Park.
    •  The application notes the school district hopes to partner with the City of Boise to convert a portion of the current school building into a community center on the site.

The election is set for March 14th - you can vote at your neighborhood public school. Officials have to clear a 2/3rds majority of voters for the bond to pass.

By Don Day

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