Blaine County School District

Ernest Hemingway Elementary School teacher Susan Thoreson works with a student in 2015.


HAILEY — The Blaine County School District will bring a request for a supplemental levy to voters in March, but will ask for less plant facilities money.

School trustees unanimously decided Tuesday to move forward with a ballot measure.

It will “reallocate property taxes collected for schools so that more money will go into student instruction and less into buildings,” the district said in a Wednesday statement.

The school board will hold a community meeting from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Carey School. Additional forums will also be planned.

The measure — which will appear on Blaine County ballots during the March 13 election — will require a simple majority to pass.

If approved, it would reduce the existing plant facilities levy from nearly $6 million annually to $2.99 million annually for the next two years. It would also add a two-year supplemental levy for $2.99 million annually.

In total, property taxes collected by the district will remain the same.

Plant facilities money is used for buildings and technology. The current 10-year measure was passed in 2009 and at the time, the school district was anticipating the need for a new elementary school, it said in a statement. “Since that time, enrollment has grown less than expected and a new school is not currently needed.”

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The supplemental levy will pay for basic operational expenses.

Specifically, it would help maintain classes that exceed the state requirement — including smaller class sizes, preschool, all-day kindergarten, athletics, art, drama, choir, band, orchestra, career technical education and world languages — provide a small salary increase to help attract and retain staff, and fund strategic plan objectives such as outdoor education for middle school students.

For more information about the levy, visit or call 208-578-5005.


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