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BOISE -- Four major school districts in the Treasure Valley will ask voters to approve supplemental levies to fund various operations this spring.

Friday, January 17 is the deadline for schools to get levies on the ballot for the March, 2014 election.

As it stands, Nampa, Caldwell, Middleton, and Meridian schools are expected to put levies before voters.

  • The Caldwell School District will ask voters to approve a $2.75 million, two-year levy
  • The Meridian School District will ask voters to approve a $14 million levy per year, for two years
  • The Middleton School District will ask voters to approve a $1.31 million, two-year levy
  • The Nampa School District will ask voters to approve a $3.39 million, two-year levy

Caldwell District administrators say the levy is vital for their operations. They have yet to discuss what they would cut if the levy were to fail.

The Middleton School District needs the levy to continue programs that state funding does not cover; like orchestra, counseling, and gifted and talented.

According to the Meridian district, that levy would provide funding to ensure 9 school days aren't removed from the calendar, and would also allow the district to keep 45 teaching positions.

Nampa's levy will restore in-school days that have been cut, give teachers time for professional development, fill teaching positions lost to attrition that the district did not fill, pay for an audit to make sure the budget stays on track, and update technology and curriculum.

Again, all these levies will be on the March 11 ballot.

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