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Twin Falls School District Committee Presents Long-Range Plan

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By Alexa Tieu

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Three new schools.

That's just part of what officials with the Twin Falls School District are considering for the future.

"The committee is recommending two elementary schools be built in our community, a middle school, an addition to Canyon Ridge to bring it up to 1680 student capacity, which would equalize it with Twin Falls High School," explains Dr. Wiley Dobbs, Superintendent, Twin Falls School District.

The long–range facilities plan is a series of recommendations put together to address the needs throughout the Twin Falls School District due to growth.

"The role of the committee was to look at our district's needs. Where we're currently at with the facilities. What facility needs we might have and long range planning," says Amy McBride, member, Strategic Planning Committee.

Dr. Dobbs says, "In just two years time, our district has seen an increase of 700 students. That would fill a school building."

All of the elementary schools in the district are currently over capacity.

Both middle schools and Canyon Ridge High School have reached capacity, which means any new growth would put those schools over.

But the decision to expand isn't final yet.

"Over the next couple of months, the Board will be looking over this information and deciding which direction it wants to go and they will take action at some point in the future," explains Dr. Dobbs.

A future to consider for the community and our children.

Dr. Dobbs states, "As a community, we need to take a look at our responsibilities to our children. I think they're going to find it's financially and educationally responsible to keep as opposed to keeping up."

Another part of the long–range facilities plan would fix the roof and air conditioning in Twin Falls High School.

The committee also proposed an increase in safety and security measures at each of the district's 13 schools.

If the new facilities plan is approved, a bond could be proposed to voters during March elections next year.

The plan, as it is proposed now, would amount to a bond of just under $74M over 25 years.


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