BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) – Bonneville Joint School District 93 is reminding its patrons to head to the polls on Tuesday and vote on its $34.5 million bond.
It's the same bond they previously ran back in May. In order to pass, the bond needed a two-thirds majority vote (66.66%). It failed by about 1.5%.
Based off feedback they received from parents and the community, many suggested to rerun the bond.
This bond is designed to help them address growth and overcrowding in their schools by building a new elementary school. It will also provide funds available to restore roofs to existing schools.
If the bond passes, D93 says they do not anticipate proposing another bond for at least four years. It is expected to cost taxpayers $35 a year per $100,000 of taxable property value.
If the bond fails again this time, D93 Superintendent Dr. Scott Woolstenhulme says they will need to start eliminating some programs they offer; all-day kindergarten being one of them, which they already discarded this school year at Iona Elementary. It is a program they hope to bring back when/if a new elementary school is built.
Woolstehulme says the voter turn out for last spring's election was low. This time his hope is to, "have lots of great participation from our community so we know if it's something our community will support... Remember to get out and vote on Tuesday."
The district will be holding an informational meeting at the Bonneville High School Little Theater on Monday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. It's intended for community members – even those without kids in the district – to ask questions and get answers about the bond. The meeting will also be streamed live on their Facebook page.
For more information on the bond and growth in their schools CLICK HERE.