"I've had to wrestle with that as we've gone through every election, every election cycle," he said. "We have to do what we believe, with the data and the information that we have, is in the best interest of the safety of our students number one, the quality of the education of our students number two, and then we have to act in a fiscally responsible manner. we're using public dollars. We have to act in a fiscally responsible manner with public dollars."

The state panel has 35 calendar days after receiving notification that an application has been submitted to make a finding on that application. The panel has to notify the applicant within 90 days of receiving it. Foote will be in Boise Dec. 18 to make his case. If the state approves it, a construction manager will be appointed to oversee the project. At the earliest, construction would start in the spring of 2013, with completion in the fall of 2014.