Burley High School FFA To Get New Building


By Jay Michaels

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A brand new ag building is in the works for FFA students at Burley High School. That was reason enough to celebrate National FFA Week.

Just over a year ago, the parents of some former FFA students at Burley High School said they wanted to help build a new ag building for the school. $30,000 was raised, and then Rob Roberts of R & M Steel got on board for this project.

Lex Godfrey, Agri-Science Instructor, says, "With his support behind what we're doing to the tune of a significant amount of money, couple with what we're already got raised, we're sitting at over $100,000 toward our facility."

Two dozen FFA students drove their tractors to Burley High School, then they served breakfast to their freshmen classmates. The FFA members served hamburgers for lunch. Then had their ninth annual "weld-off," followed by the groundbreaking for their new ag building.

Kelsy Rogers, President of the Burley FFA Chapter, says, "We wanted to go more toward animal science. So the back half will be for labs and an arena for animals. We also have a third ag teacher, but we only have the classrooms. That way we don't have a roaming teacher, so she'll have her own classroom."

The new ag building at Burley High School will be 60 by 150 feet, with a classroom, offices, storage, and restrooms, along with a wet lab. Godfrey says more than 250 of the 800 students who attend Burley High School sign up for classes related to agriculture.

Godfrey says, "Take a look back at the value that we truly place on your children. Many good people in Magic Valley and across the state of Idaho have invested with their wallets. What I look at is our most important crop that we grow, our kids."

Godfrey says construction on the new ag building should start after the ground thaws. He says with its metal construction, Burley FFA students should be able to use the new building beginning this fall.

Feb. 20, 2013.

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