CTA IN THE NEWS: Kimberly [ID] considers bond for new elementary school

By: Travis Estvold
1 February 2016

From magicvalley.com:

The Kimberly School District wants to build a new elementary school and is considering bringing a $14.2 million bond to voters in May. School trustees heard a presentation Wednesday night, but voted to table the agenda item. Superintendent Luke Schroeder recommended postponing a decision until next month. “This decision is going to be one of the most important we make,” he told the board. If the school board moves forward and voters approve a bond, it would pay for a new elementary school plus remodeling or an addition at the existing Kimberly Elementary School. It would help alleviate rapid enrollment growth and overcrowding. Kimberly Elementary — one of the largest elementary schools in Idaho — has nearly 900 students.

“There’s definitely a need with those elementary school numbers,” said Corey Johnson of CTA Architects Engineers in Boise. Trustees heard a presentation Wednesday night about a new long-term master building plan, outlining projects in three phases. A new elementary school would cost about $11 million, Johnson said. The rest of the bond money would pay for work at the existing elementary school. If a bond passes, CTA would complete design by January 2017 for the new elementary school. “Obviously, there are lots of needs,” Johnson said, but added he’s confident a good upgrade can be achieved with about $3.1 million.

Phase one would also include purchase of land for a new elementary school and a 12-acre site for a future middle school. District funds would cover $400,000 of the projected cost. This summer, school trustees put out a request for proposals and hired a design-build team — CTA Architects Engineers and Starr Corp. And a committee — with 15 to 20 members — met for three workshops earlier this school year to develop the long-term building plan. They also held community meetings to present information and seek input.


“We used the Assess, Explore, and Apply session model to guide a series of interactive master planning workshops with administrators, educators, business leaders and community members.”

[See more about CTA processes in our Education Master Planning brochure.]

“A good road map for the future includes comprehensive and affordable solutions, keeping quality education and community unity as the primary vision. Consensus-building, listening, and community outreach are key to a successful plan.”

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