The Bigfork school board on May 27 unanimously approved a bond request for $14 million to redevelop the high school, setting the stage for voters this fall to decide whether to grant a significant makeover of a 50-year-old building and campus that is already out of space amid rising enrollment. Voters in Bigfork High School District #38, which encompasses the unincorporated county communities between Creston and Condon, will settle the referendum through mail-in ballots….
Now, as district-wide enrollment continues to increase and more classes are shuffled into the middle school building, administrators say the high school is in dire need of redevelopment…. Planners with CTA Architects Engineers presented details of the project at the board meeting, explaining how the multi-year renovation could improve existing space and build new additions to the site over the next three years. “We found there are a lot of good things to work on and utilize within the main footprint of the building,” Fran Quiram with CTA said. “There are improvement needs but the main structure is good.” If approved, the renovation project would progress in priority phases. The school’s priorities would be adding new classroom space to ensure all high school students would be taking classes in the high school instead of the middle school. The site would be better compartmentalized and space would be used more efficiently for classes and other school programs, David Koel with CTA said….
Enrollment in Bigfork has now risen for five straight years after seeing a consistent drop a decade ago. Projections show the district’s enrollment could hit 1,123 students within 10 years, according to a CTA report.
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