West Ada School District, Idaho

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West Ada School District
Meridian, Idaho
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Linda Clark
Enrollment:36,303 students
Number of schools:55
Budget: $286.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mike Vuittonet
Board members:5
Term length:4
West Ada School District, also known as Joint School District No. 2 and previously known as the Meridian School District, is a school district in Idaho that served 36,303 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the largest by enrollment in the state of Idaho.

About the district

West Ada School District is located in Ada County, Idaho.
West Ada School District is located in south-west Idaho in Ada County. The county seat of Ada County is Boise. Ada County is home to 416,464 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2]


Ada County outperformed the rest of Idaho in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.0 percent of Ada County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.1 percent for Idaho as a whole. The median household income in Ada County was $55,210 compared to $46,767 for the state of Idaho. The poverty rate in Ada County was 13.1 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Ada County (%) Idaho (%)
White 92.5 93.7
Black or African American 1.3 0.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.7
Asian 2.6 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.6 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 11.8

Presidential Voting Pattern, Ada County[3]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 97,554 77,137
2008 93,328 82,236
2004 94,641 58,523
2000 75,050 40,650

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[4]


The superintendent of West Ada School District is Linda Clark. Serving in this role since July 2004, Clark has spent over 40 years as an educator in Idaho. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and teaching from Boise State University in 1970, a master's of education from the University of Idaho in 1971 and a doctorate in education organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco in 1987.[5][6]

School board

West Ada schools are overseen by a five-member board elected by specific geographic zones to four-year terms. School board members are not paid for their services.[7]

West Ada Board of Trustees
Member Zone Assumed Office Term Ends
Tina Dean 1 2013 July 1, 2016
Mike Vuittonet 2 July 1, 2015
Carol Sayles 3 2013 July 1, 2016
Anne Ritter 4 July 1, 2015
Janet Calinsky 5 July 1, 2015

School board elections

Members of the West Ada Board of Trustees are elected to four-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2015 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The West Ada Board of Trustees maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Meetings of the Board of Trustees follow a standard, published agenda. The Chairman of the Board presides at all meetings. Patrons who wish to comment on agenda items may do so by signing the Public Comment Sheet located at the entrance to the meeting room.

Each board meeting follows the same format: approval of the minutes, review and approval of the consent agenda, discussion and action on special reports, old business, new business, and the Superintendent's report.

When appearing before the Board, please state your name, address, and the time on the agenda you wish to discuss. Public comment on items before the Board is encouraged. The Board's function is decision-making and the sentiments of the patrons assist in making those decisions.[8]

—West Ada School District website, (2014)[7]


The table below displays the budget for Joint School District No. 2:[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $208,563,900 83.1% $20,678,557 8.2% $20,354,896 8.1% $0 0% $1,420,731 0.6% $251,018,084
2014-2015 $132,606,850 46.3% $89,861,268 31.4% $17,030,316 6% $0 0% $46,678,098 16.3% $286,176,532
Averages: $170,585,375 64% $55,269,912.5 21% $18,692,606 7% $0 0% $24,049,414.5 9% $268,597,308

Contact information

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West Ada School District
1303 East Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone: (208) 855-4500
Fax: (208) 350-5962

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