Cassia; Twin Falls School Districts Keeping Busy During Summer


By Brittany Cooper

Magic Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Many students might not be thinking about going back to school until late August, but the upcoming school year is on the minds of educators and administrators around the valley.

Declo High School is asking its students to write more, think harder and use more technology. Otherwise, known as moving in the direction of the Common Core standards.

As Principal Roland Bott explains, "typically you see writing in perhaps History or English classes, so it's a little bit of a change for the other curriculum."

All eyes on the election later this month in cassia county, as a plant facilities levy is on the ballot.

"With any school district or public entity, buildings deteriorate over time and with reduction in funding from the state, the levies become crucial to continue to keep our facilities running and in good repair and condition for our students to come and attend," adds Bott.

Meanwhile the Twin Falls School District has a number of projects going on this summer and one of them is the reconstruction of the lobby at Twin Falls High School which is scheduled to be complete by August 22nd.

District Superintendent Dr. Wiley Dobbs explains, "the Twin Falls High School front entrance is coming along, we're a little behind schedule, we're hoping to make that up."

Twin Falls is projecting a 4% increase in population or 350 more students attending this year but, that's continuing to be a trend.

"So in just the course of two school years, we've seen growth that equates to two small elementary schools or 700 students," adds Dobbs.

A possible method to accompany this growth is more schools. The school board is planning to hear from the facilities planning committee on this very subject.

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