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Boise Schools: How should old buildings be upgraded?

Boise Schools' administrators ponder fixing up old buildings in a way that enhances education.
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Boise Schools' administrators ponder fixing up old buildings in a way that enhances education.

Boise School District residents will get a chance to weigh in on what should be done about the district’s school buildings at two meetings scheduled for next week.

District official will present a study of buildings, how their use affects teaching and how much the district is expected to grow as part of its first detailed look at school buildings in a decade.

The last time Boise District conducted a similar audit, it resulted in a $96 million bond that replaced several schools and built two new ones to house students who formerly attended older schools.

Two areas drawing attention of school officials are Amity Elementary School in West Boise and construction growth in the Harris Ranch area in southeast Boise.

Amity, built in 1979, has earth-covered walls and an earthen roof. The building is plagued with roof leaks that are nearly impossible to fix. The district may consider replacing the school.

Growth in the Harris Ranch area is crowding nearby schools, such as Riverside Elementary, almost beyond capacity. School board trustees will likely consider in the near future whether to build a school in Harris Ranch to relieve over crowding.

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If you go

Meetings are planned at:

▪ 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Cynthia Mann Elementary School, 5401 W. Castle Drive, Boise

▪ 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.. 31, Whitney Elemenary School, 1609 S. Owyhee St., Boise

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