The school bond request, which concludes 18 months of significant work specific to facility needs, was rejected by voters in Cassia County. The $56.7 million dollar bond failed at 54.1% of voting patrons. A 66.6% passage rate is required by law. Chaired by John Evans Jr, a citizen’s group presented facilities recommendations to Board Trustees asking for an election to address needs driven by growth and aging facilities. Trustees responded by calling for an election in December 2018.
Dr. Shank commented, “We are disappointed but recognize that the voters of Cassia County have spoken. Regardless of the outcome, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the citizen’s committee, the Board of Trustees the campaign, our staff, parent teacher organizations, media outlets, and to those who considered the needs of our school buildings. A tremendous effort was put forth and we honor that effort. “
He continues, “Looking ahead, it is clear that the facility needs of the district have not changed. Growth without additional classrooms will require some difficult decisions. The repair, maintenance, and upgrade of aging structures will continue to be a significant challenge. The Board of Trustees will meet March 21st and will most likely begin to discuss what actions are needed moving forward. “
Burley High School, Burley Junior High, Dworshak Elementary and Declo Elementary remain major pressure points.