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.
COREY JOHNSON, DIRECTOR OF CTA’S EDUCATION DESIGN STUDIO:[See more about CTA processes in our Education Master Planning brochure.]
“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.”
“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.”