While the 2015 Idaho Legislature debates how much or how little to fund K-12 public education for the next school year, many school districts continue to face the challenge of doing more with less in the current fiscal year. That's why so many of those districts, including Idaho's largest, are again turning to voters for approval of supplemental levies. On Tuesday, March 10, school districts in every corner of Idaho will hold special votes on proposed levies or bonds.
Today in Ada County, though, voters in the West Ada (Meridian) and Melba school districts will have a rare Saturday opportunity to cast an early ballot at the Ada County Elections Office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early voting will continue next week as well, with early voting taking place at the elections office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. To date, 291 people have voted early in the West Ada and Melba bond elections. Ada County has also mailed out 846 absentee ballots, of which 301 have been returned.
In the West Ada School District, officials are asking voters to approve a $96 million bond (a two-thirds majority is required) to fund two middle schools, the remodel of an elementary school and the expansion of Meridian High School.
Melba voters are being asked to approve a $9.5 million bond to fund a new elementary school to help ease overcrowding at the current school. Officials estimate that the current elementary school has 100 more K-6 students than the 300-student capacity. Again, a super majority is required for approval of the bond.