Gooding High School is almost 40 years old, so its structure is still in pretty good shape.
The Gooding School District has a chance to get some stimulus money to upgrade mechanical systems – including the high school's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system – along with adding on to the elementary and middle schools.
Gooding School District Superintendent Dr. Heather Williams says “Essentially we're going to be borrowing four million dollars and our taxpayers will be paying back approximately two point nine million. So it's a great opportunity to get some renovations done for our district.”
The Gooding school district bond election held in march failed by just 46 votes – but needed a two–thirds super majority to pass.
Dr. Williams says that Gooding’s buildings should last for a good long while – if they can update the flooring, lighting, and some other things.
“But it's cheaper for us to go in and renovate the high school, and make some additions to the elementary and middle school, instead of building a new school.”
Dr. Williams says the polls will be open for Gooding residents to vote on the school bond this Friday, September 24th from 7am to 8pm at Gooding High School and Shoshone Fire District Number 2.
Dr. Williams says “This is a great opportunity to help our local economy by putting some construction workers to work, and many of the local businesses right there in Gooding.”