New Schools Planned For Twin Falls


By Michelle Bartlome

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A home for a new elementary school in Twin Falls is closer to being determined.

The tentative location is along Hankins Road by Stadium Boulevard.

But, to start building, land needs to be annexed.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is holding a public meeting on July 8 at 6 pm.

After that, it will go before the City Council.

15 million dollars, 600 students, and a target date of opening in fall 2016.

Those are the stats for a brand new elementary school being designed in Twin Falls.

For the district's Director of Operations, there's much on his to-do list.

"It's exciting but stressful. We are really working to design functional schools. They will really suit the needs of the students," explains Brady Dickinson, Director of Operations for the Twin Falls School District.

Right now, plans are in the conceptual phase.

"We had to make sure that the building could fit on the land. Our architectural firm has been meeting with staff to try to incorporate as many of the design elements as possible. At the end of the day, we want to make sure that our building meets our educational goals. It's been a process to make sure that the design is what we want. It's still in the design phase. We are hoping in the next month or so to have it firmed up so the public can take a look at them,” Dickinson says.

The major difference between the new school and older ones in the district... security.

"We want to make sure that we have secure entryways into our buildings. We have been looking at other schools and how they achieve that security. One of the things you will see differently is more of a controlled access at the entry points for the schools," Dickinson explains.

This land behind me is where the new school will go, but it will take following the process.

"Annexation because it is currently in the city's area of impact so we are going to incorporate it into the City limits. In order to meet City standards and provide water and sewer, it needs to be in the City limits, so we're going through that process concurrently with the land use permit," says Renee Carraway, Zoning and Development Manager.

District officials plan to break ground on the new elementary school in April.

The school district is also planning to build another elementary school and a new middle school.

The middle school will cost around 30 million dollars and open in 2017.

With the new schools, district officials will form a committee to discuss redistricting.

They expect to begin that process in the fall.

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