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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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‘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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