Does Twin Falls School District Need $73.8 Million? [POLL]
The Twin Falls School District is asking voters for $73.8 million over the next 25 years. The voting will take place on March 11th.
Twin Falls elementary schools are overcrowded and their middle and high schools soon will be.
Twin Falls is experiencing a bit of a food processing boom. Yogurt maker Chobani, cheese maker Glanbia and energy-food maker Clif Bar have all opened new plants, expanded operations or announced plans to build in Twin Falls in the past two years.
Those new jobs have brought an influx of people, a lot of them young families. This has created challenges at the school district.
According to Boise State Public Radio, the district has experienced double the growth it had planned for. It went from 7,791 students in the fall of 2011 to 8,633 last fall. As the school year progresses enrollment is nearing the 8,700 mark.
The bond the district is now asking for will build two elementary schools, a middle school, expand a high school and provide upgrades to all existing buildings. $73.8 million is a huge number, but it's what the district needs.
Affordable is, of course, a relative term. The district estimates someone with a $150,000 home would see their tax bill go up by $50 a year. The community supports the proposal so far.
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