Passage of March 14th Bond Allows District to Move Forward on Priority Projects
WITH BOND’S APPROVAL, BOISE SCHOOL DISTRICT CAN NOW MOVE FORWARD ON SCHOOL PROJECTS
Following successful passage of the March 14th bond measure to reinvest in our neighborhood schools and communities, Boise District leaders can now proceed with five priority projects.
Work is now planned this summer on the following first phase projects:
- Expansion of the Dennis Career-Technical Education Center to accommodate new programs in electrical, heating and air conditioning and plumbing. Scheduled completion: Fall 2018
- An expansion of Timberline High School to handle growth in Southeast Boise. Scheduled completion: Fall 2018
- Construction of a new Amity Elementary School to replace the 1979 building with an earthen roof plagued with leaks. Scheduled completion: Fall 2018
- Renovation of the old 1936 Boise High gym and improvement of performing arts classrooms. Scheduled completion: Winter 2018
In addition, the District is currently working through the process regarding Whittier:
- Construction of a new Whittier Elementary School to address overcrowding, safety issues and critical facility needs.
Over a ten-year period, the bond will fund improvements in every school, including:
- 22 major capital projects
- Build 6 new elementary school on their current sites
- A new elementary school in the Harris Ranch area
- Historic remodels of Collister and Washington elementary schools
- Expansion of job-training classes matched to the needs of local employers
- Expansion of Timberline High School
- Remodel of Boise High School’s old gymnasium
- Expansion of physical education and music spaces at 11 schools
- Funding for ongoing maintenance and repairs for every school in the District
District leaders expressed appreciation for the more than 22-thousand people (86% yes vote) who supported the Bond measure, including the thousands of volunteers from Friends of Boise Schools, a grassroots organization that comes together to support funding campaigns to keep our Boise schools strong.
“What’s been most gratifying about this bond election has been the number of parent volunteers who’ve really come out and helped with the effort,” explained Dr. Don Coberly, superintendent, Boise School District.
“These volunteers are so committed to their schools and so committed to the concept of revitalizing neighborhoods through school building projects. This process has reaffirmed for me the support our patrons have for our work in educating our community’s children. We certainly don’t take that support for granted and this election result shows what local control and community support of public schools can produce.”
Dr. Coberly said the District is committed to working as quickly and efficiently as possible to move forward with these projects so that “our students reap the educational benefits as soon as possible.”
Learn more about the 2017 bond here.