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Breaking Down The Bond

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Come this spring, Twin Falls voters will be tasked with approving a $73,860,000 bond.

Here is what $73.8 million looks like if broken down: $30.8 million funds a new middle school projected to be built in the southern part of Twin Falls.

Two elementary schools, costing $15.4 million each, to be constructed in northeast and northwest Twin Falls.

And then there's Canyon Ridge High School. The school currently at capacity with 1200 students, would see a $5.5 million expansion to match Twin Falls High School's capacity of 1680.

The tax increase is $4.13 per month on a $150,000 home.
A land sale, adjacent to Canyon Ridge would reduce costs by $2.1 million.

Anna Scholes, Co-Chair, Citizen Bond Committee explains, "we believe the Twin Falls community will be growing and certain number of schools are already a little crowded and when you add in more people to the community, you're going to have even more students. So we want to prepare for that growth and make sure our schools are the best they can be."

Voters looking to support the bond, can fund upgrades here at Twin Falls High School, a school that is more than 50 years old.

Scholes adds, "Twin Falls High School was built in the 1950's, it's a great school, but it could use some improvements, it could use some windows, roofing, air–conditioning just to bring it up to what we need for our students today."

That project costs $7.5 million.

Last but not least, safety and security measures round out the bond.

Brady Dickinson, Director of Operations, Twin Falls School District adds, "ever since the Sandy Hook incident, even back to Columbine, school safety has been a priority for us; we're always looking at ways to improve the safety of our schools, our goal of the bond is to spend $100,000 at each school to upgrade security features. We'll be looking at things such as upgrades in camera equipment, and then also features design to lock down our schools more efficiently and quickly."

The election is March 11th .



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