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Jerome School Bond Up For Vote In March

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By Stephanie Mead

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Jerome School District officials are asking for a bond totaling 24 million dollars.

It will be up to voters to decide in March.

The money will go to remodeling and additions to all schools in the district but mostly to Jerome High School.

Student enrollment in Jerome continues to increase.

About 200 additional students are enrolled compared to two years ago.

Those numbers are expected to climb to 450 students by the year 2017-2018.

"Based upon enrollment right now, our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade, that's when those students get to our high school, it's going to be crowded, and we’re having the same problems with our middle school and our elementary schools. Thankfully Jerome is growing, which is wonderful, but it also means that our current facilities are just not adequate for the number of students that we’re going to have coming," explains Chris Bragg, Jerome Citizens for Better Schools.

With the bond, the main focuses will be adding 16 new classrooms, enlarging the cafeteria, and building another gymnasium.

What's more concerning to the administration is the safety of the students.

The Facilities Advisory Committee began meeting in June.

To understand why the money was needed… They toured the schools.

"That's one of the things we did with the committee early on was toured the schools, so they could see kind of get a hands on feel for what's going on; so I would encourage people, if they have any questions, to ask," says Dale Layne, Jerome School District Superintendent.

Residents will vote on this bond on March 11th.


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