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More Jobs Mean Less Elbow Room In Classrooms
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Local school districts are doing their best to keep up with an incoming flood of students. That's because there are more new jobs in southern Idaho.
8600. It's roughly how many students are enrolled in the Twin Falls School District. And those numbers are rising faster than school officials imagined. While the district normally plans for two percent growth each year, for the last two years, they've been up four percent.
Superintendent Wiley Dobbs says, "It is a challenge, though, when we have this many students. We need to have the places to put them. Fortunately, our district's ahead of the game in this area."
If student numbers keep climbing this fast, that means schools will run out of room sooner. There are recommendations to consider building more schools. That includes two new elementary schools, another middle school, and adding classrooms to Canyon Ridge High School, as well as continuing to restore Twin Falls High School.
Because business is booming locally, more people are finding new jobs and bringing their families.
Jan Roeser with the Idaho Department of Labor says, "That's a big contributor to the area. But we've also seen an expansion at most of our food processing facilities throughout the whole region. That includes the Mini-Cassia area. We're seeing some growth over in Mini-Cassia that carries over to our area."
With more people moving to the area, school officials are anticipating a higher amount of growth in the future.
The school board will consider all of their options on September 25th. They'll decide whether or not to ask for a levy vote at the second board meeting in October.
September 17, 2013.