Veterans Day assembly in Shoshone

Students cover their hearts while the American flag is presented during a Veterans Day assembly in November 2016 at Shoshone School.


SHOSHONE — After voters rejected a $6 million bond in August, the Shoshone School District plans to try again in November.

The measure will appear on ballots for the Nov. 7 election. In August, it received 58.4 percent support, but not enough to clear the required two-thirds supermajority.

The $6 million measure would pay for a new multipurpose building — including a stage and gymnasium — plus a new vocational building and a small building with a couple of alternative school classrooms. It would also pay for remodeling the existing school.

One change over the last election: If the bond is approved, taxpayers will pay less — $6.67 each month per $100,000 of taxable value, down from more than $7.

Two factors play a role. One of them is the state’s bond levy equalization rate came in at 25 percent, up from the original 18 percent estimate, Superintendent Rob Waite said Tuesday. It means there’s more money available to the Shoshone School District to pay for the construction bond, based on the district’s enrollment and socioeconomic status.

Also, the taxable valuation of properties in the school district’s boundaries has increased 8.5 percent.

“Because of those two things combined, then it would now, of course, lower the rate,” Waite said.

If approved, the bond would pay for the same projects proposed for the August election, but with a few minor tweaks.

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The location of a new access road would be moved, and new classrooms for alternative school classes would be built on property the school district already owns, instead of potentially doing a land swap to acquire Lincoln County property.

The new vocational building would be used specifically for general industrial arts, with possibilities to expand the agriculture program.

Shoshone residents can expect to see information in the mail about the bond measure, Waite said.

The school district will also likely schedule a community meeting, but a date and time hasn’t been set.


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