School funding measures have mixed success

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 19 at 7:39 PM

IDAHO FALLS -- School funding-related ballot issues across Idaho enjoyed mixed success, with a $57.5 million construction proposal for Idaho Falls failing while smaller measures in Caldwell and elsewhere cleared voter muster.

Idaho Falls aimed to rebuild four elementary schools and remodel a fifth, among other things.

But only about 63 percent of voters in the school district backed the $57.5 million plan, short of the two-thirds majority required.

Meanwhile, voters in the Caldwell School District in southern Idaho backed a supplemental levy -- to raise $2.75 million for each of the next two years -- and a facilities levy to generate $350,000 annually for the next five years.

Levies in Shoshone, Castleford and Bliss in the Magic Valley region also passed.

The money will help mitigate state funding cuts amid Idaho's budget crunch.

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