$172.5 million bond serving all schools WITHOUT raising the current tax rate
Why vote yes for Boise Schools?
- This bond allows us to reinvest in our neighborhood schools without raising taxes
- It’s accountable, addressing critical facility problems now so they don’t cost taxpayers more later
- It addresses overcrowding and gives students access to safe modern classrooms and schools that reflect best practices in education and technology
- Ensures students graduate career and college ready and creates a positive legacy for our children and grandchildren, all without raising the tax rate
What’s at stake?
- Our nationally recognized, award-winning Boise School District is successfully preparing students for college or career despite overcrowded, outdated and aging facilities
- Learning environments impact student outcomes and our schools don’t reflect the best practices in education and technology that students deserve
What’s the need?
- This bond will address safety and overcrowding issues while focusing on technology and facility improvements in the District
- Nearly half of our schools were built between 1912 and 1960, before personal computers were invented and before lunch was served at school
- A number of schools were built in the 1950s when schools were going up quickly and cheaply
- This bond also addresses repairs to leaky roofs, floors, and heating/cooling systems – repairs which were deferred during the recession when schools suffered deep budget cuts
- Ensures schools are accessible to all by complying with the ADA
What will the bond provide?
- Improvements for ALL schools plus major building projects for 22 schools
- A new elementary school in Harris Ranch, six replacement elementary school buildings and one historic elementary remodel to replace aging and outdated facilities
- Improvements to two high schools and two junior highs eliminating disparities among schools
- Expansion of critical job training programs matched to local employer needs
What’s the value to the taxpayers?
- Children and grandchildren prepared for college or career
- Well-educated workforce for attracting and retaining businesses
- Protecting Boise’s home values, the workforce, safe neighborhoods with low crime rates, and our ability to enjoy our overall quality of life
- An accountable reinvestment in our neighborhood schools that does
NOT raise the tax rate
Strong Schools = Strong Community