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Heyburn Elementary School Teacher

Heyburn Elementary School teacher Shaunna Wassom, who has been with the Minidoka County School District for 36 years, in the school library in 2016 in Heyburn.

RUPERT — Minidoka County Joint School District are celebrating after voters approved a two-year, $2.25 million-per-year plant facilities supplemental levy on Nov. 7.

The levy is an increase of $600,000 over the existing levy. The measure received 622 votes in favor and 433 against.

“This means that we can start making better progress with our building projects,” Superintendent Ken Cox said. “Some of these projects have been on hold for a long time.”

Cox said the district would like patrons who voted “no” to weigh in with their reasons.

“Was it the money or something we’re doing?” Cox said.

Eight hundred thousand dollars of the levy money will be used for technology, $50,000 for bus leases and the remainder for maintenance throughout the district.

Projects will include buying more laptops for high school freshmen, repairs on school playgrounds, asphalt and paint and renovating the food service building and replacing the roof. The money will also be used to update doors and locks on buildings and update video and security systems at schools along with other projects. Cox said the district plans to hold a series of town-hall meetings in the spring to discuss future needs at the district.

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