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Treasure Valley United Way, NorthEnd Neighborhood Association, Stoel Rives, and council member Lauren McLean endorse bond campaign to Improve Schools

BOISE, IDAHO – Friends of Boise Schools announce today the Treasure Valley United Way, North End Neighborhood Association, Stoel Rives, and council member Lauren McLean support the Boise School District bond campaign to reinvest in every neighborhood school in Boise without raising the tax rate. The ballot measure goes before voters on March 14, 2017.

“As a business law firm, Stoel Rives appreciates the role of education in attracting and cultivating business innovation in Boise. Strong, safe schools provide an educated and skilled workforce that is good for our local economy, for our clients, and for the families of our employees. Boise public schools rate among the best in the nation. Let’s keep it that way. Vote Yes for Boise Schools on March 14,” said Krista McIntyre, Partner at Stoel Rives LLP.

“Strong schools are central to strong neighborhoods, economic opportunity, and a vibrant city. Our world-class public schools are an example of how we do things right here in Boise. They’re an accountable investment in the future—and one we must make to ensure our children continue to receive a quality education and are ready to compete in today’s global economy. Please join me by voting in favor of the Boise School bond on March 14th,” said Lauren McLean, Boise City Council member and parent.

The Friends of Boise Schools will be hosting a community rally on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 12:00-12:30 PM at Boise City Hall Plaza, 150 N. Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702. Members of the public are welcome to attend to hear more about the importance of passing the bond and are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Boise school spirit wear.

The bond would put more than $155 million into 22 major capital projects, including building six new schools on their current sites, a new school in the Harris Ranch area, as well as expansion of the District’s Professional-Technical center to offer Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditioning job training classes. Every school in the District would also receive additional funding for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

For more information about the bond or to volunteer, please visit https://yesforboiseschools.com/.

Contact: Stacey Targee, Friends of Boise Schools
Phone: 208-866-5174
Email: staceymarietaylor@gmail.com
Email: friends@yesforboiseschools.com

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Touring The Facilities: An Inside Look At Two Boise Elementary Schools Embracing The Wrecking Ball

Boise State Public Radio’s Matt Guilhem and Idaho Education News are partnering to produce a week-long series on how the March 14 statewide school elections affect students, communities and taxpayers.

In the first installment of our series, Financing the Future: School Bonds And Levies, we look at two elementary schools in the Boise district that will be demolished and built anew with funds from the $172.5 million bond, should it pass. Six elementary schools in total are slated to be demolished and rebuilt with bond funding. But how bad could the facilities be?

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BOISE CITY COUNCIL, MAYOR DAVE BIETER, AND TREASURE VALLEY YMCA ENDORSE BOND CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS

 

BOISE, IDAHO – Friends of Boise Schools announce today the Boise City Council, Mayor Dave Bieter, and Treasure Valley YMCA endorse the Boise School District bond campaign to reinvest in every neighborhood school in Boise without raising the tax rate. The ballot measure goes before voters March 14, 2017.

“Boise City Council resolutions are rare and reserved for critical issues that directly impact our citizens. Quality education is the cornerstone to our economy and to maintaining a livable city. The Boise School District is one of the best in the country, and it is imperative that it continues to have the resources needed to prepare our children for healthy and productive lives. I strongly encourage all Boise residents to vote in favor of the school bond on March 14,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter after the City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the bond.

“Our economic vitality and quality of life are dependent on continued excellence in the education and development of our children. Access to a high-quality education is essential for people to reach their potential. In addition, quality education is foundational to breaking the cycle of poverty and vital to ensuring a high-quality workforce. The Y is proud to support our partners in education and youth development across our service area. We have a shared goal to help youth grow into happy, healthy, productive, and contributing citizens. The Y endorses the Boise Schools bond as a means to continue to offer the high quality education our kids deserve,” said Maureen O’Keeffe, Chair of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA Board of Directors.

The bond would put more than $155 million into 22 major capital projects, including building six new schools on their current sites, a new school in the Harris Ranch area, as well as expansion of the District’s Professional-Technical center to offer Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditioning job training classes. Every school in the District would also receive additional funding for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

For more information about the bond or to volunteer, please visit https://yesforboiseschools.com/.

Contact: Stacey Targee, Friends of Boise Schools
Phone: 208-866-5174
Email: staceymarietaylor@gmail.com
Email: friends@yesforboiseschools.com

Boise Metro Chamber, Boise Regional Realtors, & Idaho Associated General Contractors Endorse Bond Campaign to Improve Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2017

BOISE, IDAHO – Friends of Boise Schools announce today the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise Regional REALTORS®, and Idaho Associated General Contractors (AGC) endorse the Boise School District bond campaign to reinvest in every neighborhood school in Boise without raising the tax rate. The ballot measure goes before voters March 14, 2017.

“The Boise Metro Chamber supports the Boise School District’s March school bond election,” said Bill Connors, President & CEO, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“The Chamber understands the importance of providing the Boise School District with adequate resources to ensure that the District continues to produce well-educated children that will comprise Idaho’s future workforce. This bond will allow the District to update aging school buildings with modern and appropriate facilities and remain as one of the top-performing Districts in the state.”

“Boise Regional REALTORS® understands the importance of ensuring schools have the funds necessary to maintain and build great facilities. Not only does it provide better learning environments for students, but it makes our community’s schools more desirable to families considering a move to the Boise region. Therefore, we support the bond initiative from the Boise School District,” said Katrina Wehr, 2017 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and Managing Broker for Keller Williams Realty Boise.

“Idaho AGC and its member contractors are proud supporters of education. Quality education is a strong foundation for the future workforce of Idaho. We support investments in Boise School District’s future infrastructure as well as investments in the vocational training opportunities that this bond will bring Boise students. Voting Yes for Boise Schools is a wise investment for our future,” said Wayne L. Hammon, Chief Executive Officer, Idaho Associated General Contractors.

The bond would put more than $155 million into 22 major capital projects, including building six new schools on their current sites, a new school in the Harris Ranch area, as well as expansion of the District’s Professional-Technical center to offer Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditioning job training classes. Every school in the District would also receive additional funding for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

For more information about the bond or to volunteer, please visit https://yesforboiseschools.com/.

Contact: Stacey Targee, Friends of Boise Schools
Phone: 208-866-5174
Email: staceymarietaylor@gmail.com
Email: friends@yesforboiseschools.com

FRIENDS OF BOISE SCHOOLS KICKS OFF BOND CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2016

Grassroots campaign rallies around school district bond that will not raise tax rate

BOISE, IDAHO – After more than a year of extensive planning and community input, the Boise School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a bond election to fund a 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan. If approved by voters on March 14, 2017, the bond will allow the Boise School District to reinvest in local schools and the community without raising the current tax rate.

The Friends of Boise Schools group is leading the charge to educate the public about the critical need for funding.

“This bond allows us to reinvest in strong neighborhood schools without raising the tax rate,” said Melissa Goode, a parent of three Boise school students and volunteer for Friends of Boise Schools. “It’s accountable and addresses critical facility problems now so they don’t cost taxpayers more later.”

The bond would put more than $155 million into 22 major capital projects, including building six new schools on their current sites, a new school in the Harris Ranch area, as well as expansion of the District’s Professional-Technical center to offer Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditioning job training classes. Every school in the District would also receive additional funding for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

For more information about the bond or to volunteer, please visit https://yesforboiseschools.com/.

Contact: Stacey Targee, Friends of Boise Schools
Phone: 208-866-5174
Email: staceymarietaylor@gmail.com

Boise School Board Sets Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Bond Election To Reinvest In Neighborhood Schools & Communities

Boise, ID — 11/15/16 — The Boise School Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to approve a Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Bond election. If approved by voters, the bond will allow the District to reinvest in our local schools and community without raising the current tax rate.

As a result of considerable community input and engagement, Board members on Monday, November 14, 2016 approved a $172.5 million bond election to fund a 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan. Several parents and patrons testified in support of the bond.

“This bond allows us to reinvest in strong neighborhood schools without raising the tax rate,” said Melissa Goode, a parent of three Boise school students. It’s accountable and addresses critical facility problems now so they don’t cost taxpayers more later.”

The bond would put more than $155 million into 22 major capital projects, including building six new schools on their current sites, a new school in the Harris Ranch area, as well as expansion of the District’s Professional-Technical center to offer Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditioning job training classes.

“I don’t know how we can continue to educate our kids without investing more into the facilities and the things that they have,” said Marty Cullen, owner of A1 Plumbing and Perfect Air. “We also have a skills gap in the trades. I believe this bond will address these issues.”

One of the schools to be rebuilt is Amity Elementary. Built in 1979, the school’s design, including sod on the side and roof has created serious structural issues.

“Any time the weather turns and starts to rain or snow the roof leaks throughout the building causing Amity to become unseasonably humid,” said Tessa Jones, whose children attend Amity. “In addition to the roof leaking, when I drop off my kids after a heavy rain the parking lot is flooded to the point that they need to be carried out of the car to avoid the deep water.”

Parents from Pierce Park Elementary and Valley View Elementary also provided supportive testimony.

Click on the following video images to hear from the five people who testified to the school board.

Marty Cullen, Owner, A-1 Plumbing, Boise

Tessa Jones, Parent, Amity Elementary School

Sarah Harris, Parent, Pierce Park Elementary School

Amy Lindenberg, Parent, Valley View Elementary School

Melissa Goode, Volunteer, Friends of Boise Schools

Further information regarding the Tuesday, March 14, 2017 bond election will be posted on the District’s web site: www.boiseschools.org

News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator, Boise School District
(208) 854-4064, dan.hollar@boiseschools.org
www.boiseschools.org

‘Busting at the seams’ Whittier Elementary is among top schools for replacement

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

Story: Bill Roberts (broberts@idahostatesman.com)

Photo/Video: Darin Oswald (doswald@idahostatesman.com)

Whittier Elementary Principal Fernanda Brendefur is starting her second year at a school that has historically been one of the poorest in the Boise School District. With 542 students enrolled this year Brendefur manages a schedule for a building designed for 300 and even more students are expected to attend the school in coming years.

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