Citizen-input committee makes school bond recommendations

The American Falls School District will be asking voters to consider two separate bonds on the Tuesday, May 17, ballot. The bonds are the recommendation of a district-organized citizen input committee, which offered the school board direction and support and helped to get the word out about the bonds.

The first bond would replace the current American Falls Intermediate School with a new $12.5 million elementary school for grades three through five. It would remove the current two-story classroom building at the school. The existing fourth grade building will remain and be used for district offices.

The second question includes building an additional $1.6 million auxiliary gym at American Falls High School to free up opportunities for younger students, team practice and games.

School district chairman Bruce Hauber recently explained to the committee the specific needs the school district is facing and how a new building would address those needs.

Hauber said Hillcrest Elementary has run out of room to accommodate the additional students over the past five years.

“By moving the third grade to the new school, additional space will be made available,” Hauber said….

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