- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - A south-central Idaho school district has decided to ask voters to approve a $15 million bond after learning a $37 million construction bond previously approved by voters won’t cover costs.

The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/1k6q2PR) in a story on Friday that attorneys for the Cassia County School District plan to start crafting the new bond.

Work on new schools and remodeling others had already started when district officials learned earlier this month about the shortfall.

The district fired the consultant, who has apologized for the shortfall and acknowledged he was unlicensed when he provided a budget for the new schools.

District Superintendent Gaylen Smyer said the consultant had his license reinstated and is retroactive for the calendar year. That covers the time he worked for the school.

But district officials said they plan to hire another person to represent the district and keep track of costs.

“One of the community’s concerns has been another set of eyes,” said school board member Linda Petersen.

On the new bond, district officials plan to work with Boise attorney Nick Miller, who specializes in bond issues. Officials said he will draft a resolution for the board and write the bond question for the ballot.

Smyer said the board will seek an election on the bond at the earliest possible date, likely in March.

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Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

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