Voters head to the polls Tuesday for local school levies

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for local school levies

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by Andrea Lutz

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KTVB.COM

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 9:26 AM

BOISE— Voters around the valley will be deciding on education levies Tuesday. Some school districts are asking taxpayers for additional funds, while others want money to keep existing programs.

The Nampa School District is asking voters to approve a $4.3 million levy. In September of 2012, the district learned of some mishandled funds putting them millions in debt.

Nampa School District spokesperson Allison Westfall said the levy funds would go to help the district restore financial stability.

The Payette School District is asking voters to approve a $695,000 levy for two years.

Last week, school district officials told KTVB that if the levy does not pass, they would be forced to close West Side Elementary School, which houses its 4th and 5th graders.

In addition to that, West Side Elementary School Principal Marybeth Bennett said the district would have to consider moving to a 4-day work week and cut some activities like sports.

The Middleton School District is once again asking for a levy in the amount of $250,000 for 10 years.

This money would go toward improving and remodeling school properties. Those with the district said maintenance is crucial for conducive learning and it would save taxpayers money in the long run.

The Horseshoe Bend School District is also asking voters to say yes to a supplemental levy in the amount of $300,000.

Superintendent Vicki Renfro tells KTVB this levy is much needed because it would pay to retain teacher positions, full-day kindergarten, text books and athletic programs.

She said Horseshoe Bend has never asked for a supplemental levy, however, in 2012 they asked voters twice to approve a levy, and each time it failed.

The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.

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