Veterans Day assembly in Shoshone

Wearing his camouflage jacket, Alec Mort, 11, sings along with his classmates during a Veterans Day assembly in November 2016 at the Shoshone schools gym.


SHOSHONE — Another election day is quickly approaching, but this time, only one south-central Idaho school district will ask voters for funding.

The Shoshone School District is planning a $6 million bond measure for the Aug. 29 election.

If approved, it would pay for a school remodeling project, new multipurpose building and new spaces for vocational and alternative school classes.

Across the region, many communities have asked voters for bond money within the past few years. It’s used to remodel existing schools or build new schools to either keep up with enrollment growth or address needs at aging campuses.

“I think our current building is in good shape, but it just needs a little remodeling,” Superintendent Rob Waite told the Times-News in June.

Monday was the deadline for school districts to submit ballot language to their county clerk for the August election.

County and school officials in south-central Idaho’s eight counties confirmed they don’t have any school districts pursuing a bond or levy election in August — except Shoshone.

The Shoshone district is planning to hold community meetings in August to go over project plans and give people a chance to tour school buildings, Waite said Tuesday. Dates haven’t been set.

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Shoshone’s school board decided in mid-June to pursue a bond. The measure requires a two-thirds supermajority, 66.67 percent, vote to pass.

Voters paid off a bond for the existing school building one year ago. If the new bond is approved, tax rates will revert back to near that previous level.

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 remodels to the existing school facility, including separate building entrances and offices for the elementary school and junior high/high school.

And it would create more areas for small group instruction and a new area for deliveries to the school.


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