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Magic Valley High School remodel

Lauryn Hardin, left, and Tony Moreno, right, joke with friends as they eat their lunch in the library in November 2016 at Magic Valley High School in Twin Falls. ‘The cafeteria isn’t big enough, so everyone just sits wherever they want,’ Hardin says.

TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls School District is planning a community meeting about its 10-year plant facilities levy for school maintenance and renovation projects.

The meeting is 7 p.m. March 1 at the Vera C. O’Leary Middle School auditorium, 2350 Elizabeth Blvd.

During the March 13 election, the school district is seeking a 10-year, $4.75 million annual plant facilities levy. It requires 60 percent voter approval to pass.

The school district has identified some of its greatest facility needs as: a new roof at Bickel Elementary School, moving closer toward having one mobile computing device for every student and upgrading desktop computers, security access controls for schools, HVAC and asphalt replacement at several campuses, new furniture and carpet at all schools, work on Sawtooth Elementary School’s roof, a new roof for Twin Falls High School’s Roper Auditorium, enlarging the cafeteria at Twin Falls High School and replacing the Vera C. O’Leary Middle School roof within the next 10 years.

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Twin Falls’ plant facilities levy has been in place since 1958. The current 10-year, $3.3 million levy, which voters approved in 2008, expires soon.

Despite a proposed increase to the levy amount, the tax rate is set to decrease slightly because of an increase in property valuation.

During the meeting, Superintendent Brady Dickinson will make a presentation, covering topics such as the levy’s history, how money would be used and the impact on the tax rate. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions.

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