On Tuesday, November 1, 2016 the Board of Trustees of the Boise School District approved a 10 year Educational Facilities Master Plan that:
- Serves as a clear reflection of our community's commitment to high-quality neighborhood schools.
- Provides direction for the District on how best to meet our most pressing facility needs regarding poor condition, overcrowding and improving educational adequacy while ensuring every school receives attention.
- Puts the District on a path that will allow us to make significant facility improvements today while preparing for the educational needs of students well into the future.
- Represents a thoughtful balance between hard data, demographic and enrollment projections and the input from parents, patrons, staff and students.
During the November 1st Special Board meeting, a number of District residents, including those with and without students in the District, testified in support of the Educational Facilities Master Plan. Pictured right: Boise District patron Sue Lovelace testifies to the Board in support of the Plan.
A group of parents from Whittier Elementary School also testified in support of the Plan, as did a patron from northwest Boise who indicated the Plan would help improve our community by investing in neighborhood schools.
Members of the Board of Trustees thanked patrons for attending the Board meeting and indicated the 10-year Plan provides the direction for the District to make facility improvements to each school. Pictured below: Board President Nancy Gregory recognizes Trustee Doug Park during the November 1st special Board meeting.
The approved Educational Facility Master Plan is the result of a 13-month public process that involved a number of public meetings and two online surveys that generated 1,200 responses from community members regarding the future of District facilities.
Next Step - Bond Election
The Boise School Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to approve a Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Bond election to fund the Educational Facilities Master Plan. 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 the 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan. Several parents and patrons testified in support of the bond.
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