D91 board to vote on bond Wednesday

Idaho Falls School District 91 trustees plan to vote Wednesday on a proposal to put a high school bond on the August ballot.

Trustees agreed in May on the framework for the proposal — an $86.2 million “base” bond to build a new Idaho Falls High School, renovate Skyline High School and start to convert the current Idaho Falls High School into a career-technical school. There’s also a $13.3 million “tier” to add a performing arts center at Skyline and a combination auditorium/auxiliary gym at the proposed new Idaho Falls High School.

A $110 million bond proposal to do this got 58 percent of the vote in November 2017, short of the two-thirds needed to pass. Since then, trustees have done polling to determine why it didn’t pass and looked at ways to pare the proposal down in hopes that something cheaper would get enough votes.

If the school board agrees on what to do and the resolution passes Wednesday, the proposal will be on the Aug. 28 ballot.

The meeting, which will be at the district administrative office at 690 John Adams Parkway, will start at 6:30 p.m. with a hearing on the proposed 2019 fiscal year budget. The bond vote will be part of the board’s regular meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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