Understanding the proposed Kellogg, Lakeland school bonds

Two North Idaho school districts have proposed bonds, which will go before voters on Tuesday, August 27. 

The first is a bond proposed by the Kellogg Joint School District #391. The district is asking for $7.9 million over the next 12 years. The money would go toward renovations at Canyon Elementary, Pinehurst Elementary, Kellogg Middle School, Kellogg High School and the KSD Admin Annex. Money would also be used to help cover a debt from a 10-year bond passed in 2006. Currently, the cost of the 2006 bond is $161 per year per $100,000 assessed value on average. The proposed 2019 bond would increase that cost on average to $214 per year per $100,000 assessed value. The increase to homeowners would be approximately $53 per year if passed. 

Learn more about the bond here. 

The second proposed bond was put forward by the Lakeland School District. The district is asking for $70.9 million to help pay for a new school for Lakeland and Mountain View high schools, as well as additional improvements for other schools. If passed, Lakeland Junior High School would become Lakeland Middle School and take on sixth graders. There would also be additions for Timberlake Junior High; including the creation of six new classrooms and a new auxiliary gym. Additionally, sixth grade would move to Timberlake Junior High to create additional classroom space at elementary schools. The proposed 2019 bond asks for $147 per $100,000 assessed value. 

Learn more about the bond here.