CWI considers future after failed bond

CWI looks at future after bond failure

On Election Day voters in Ada and Canyon County were asked to approve a $180 million bond to help pay for a new Boise campus for the College of Western Idaho.

The bond also looked to finance new facilities in Nampa, including a much coveted health science building.

About 57% of voters said yes to the bond, but the measure still came up short just missing the two-thirds majority required to pass.

CWI President Bert Glandon says now the college has to readdress what their future looks like.

"We're going to analyze the data were going to talk to the chambers and the various peoples in the community, and then we are going spend the month of December doing very thoughtful and strategic planning as to what our next steps are going to be and where we're going to go," he said.

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Glandon says the bond failure pushes back their plans by about six months, but doesn't affect the college's overall vision.

"The vision is the same," he said. "The college is going to get bigger, it's a matter of how we serve the community and kinds of resources we have to serve the community with."

The college ran a fairly low-key campaign for the bond, but Glandon says the school's board of trustees will look to change that while exploring options for a new bond.

"It's a matter of how we get the message out next time and how we approach it, there are multiple opportunities to approach it from different levels," Glandon said.

In the meantime, the college still has to figure out what to do with the multiple spaces they lease for classroom and administrative use that will soon be expiring.

"Our original leases are from 2008 and 2009, we know that when we go back in to try and re-new those leases they will be significantly be more expensive in today's market," he said. "It's gonna be tough."

Glandon says the school is already “busting at the seams” and that using leased spaces is not the direction the college wants to go.

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"There is absolutely a concern we will outgrow things," said Glandon. "There is a reluctance on the board’s part, the board made a decision last February and we really want to move away from leased buildings because that is really a black, the longer you rent, the less you have invested."

While the College of Western Idaho decides what to do with their future, Glandon says one thing is for certain.

"The students have shown this college will continue to grow whether we have a bond go through or not, the college is continue to grow,” he said.

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