D91 Bond

The Idaho Falls Board of Trustees is asking patrons in November to consider a $110 million bond to update and modernize Skyline and Idaho Falls high schools. Plans call for a top-to-bottom renovation of Skyline High School and the construction of a new school on 49th South near Taylorview to replace Idaho Falls High School. The existing IFHS building will be repurposed. It would become home to all D91’s career technical programs, the district’s administrative offices and fill other community needs. There will be no tax rate increase because of growth and rising property values in D91. See IFHS ReBuild. IFHS Site Plan  See SHS ReDesign.  See current SHS vs new SHS  Next Steps Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ReDesign Skyline High SchoolThe Board of Trustees has spent more than 18 months researching the best way to update and modernize Idaho Falls and Skyline High School. During this process, the board has heard from parents, patrons, teachers and staff and incorporated their ideas into designs for the HS ReDesign Project, which meets the district’s current needs and anticipates future needs.

Patrons will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to vote on a $110 million bond to pay for the improvements. There will be no tax rate increase because of growth and rising property values in Idaho Falls School District 91. If the bond passes, the projects would be completed by the start of school in 2021.

The district’s focus is on creating modern learning environments that are adaptable and support instruction that encourages students to think critically, solve problems and prepare for success beyond high school. The buildings would feature flexible classroom spaces, areas where students can convene and collaborate, an infrastructure that supports easy access to technology and that promote a feeling of safety and wellbeing for students and staff.

ReDesign SHSThe proposal calls for:

  • A top-to-bottom renovation and redesign of Skyline High School including remodeled, modern classrooms, a learning commons where students can convene and collaborate, an auditorium, some new athletic facilities and room to accommodate future growth. See floor plans. See current SHS vs. SHS ReDesign  See phasing plans for the work.

  • A rebuild of Idaho Falls High School on a 58-acre site on 49th South between Holmes and St. Clair near Taylorview Middle School. The new school would include modern classrooms, a learning commons where students can convene and collaborate, an auditorium, indoor athletic facilities, space for the future development of outdoor athletic facilities and room to accommodate future growth. 

  • Both buildings would have enhanced safety and security for students and staff including access control to the buildings, clear sight lines and improved visibility and separate pickup/drop-off areas for students, staff, parents and busses.

  • After the HS ReDesign Project is completed, the existing Idaho Falls High School building would be repurposed to serve other district and community needs. It would:
    • House all the district’s Career Technical Programs, which are currently in schools scattered around the district.
    • Become home to the district’s administrative offices. The current administrative building would become a technology center.
    • The district also is working with other community organizations to identify other uses for the building. The gym space could be used by community groups. The city’s plans for improvements to the Civic Auditorium might include some of the spaces.

How Did We Get Here? 

  • The Board of Trustees in winter 2016 selected a Construction Manager/General Contractor and Design Team to explore a complete ReDesign of Idaho Falls and Skyline high schools. The board issued a Request For Qualifications and interviewed several companies. They selected Bateman-Hall as the CM/GC and Hummel/Alderson, Karst & Mitro as the Design Team.
  • That team worked with teachers, administrators, parents and patrons to develop conceptual designs for a redesign of both IFHS and Skyline. They started by working with the staff and community members to identify the kinds of learning spaces and facilities they needed to support a 21st Century education. See IFHS PrioritiesSHS Prioritiesand Conceptual Designs 
  • In July 2016, board members reviewed the final report from Hummel and Bateman-Hall.  It included several redesign options and cost projections for HS ReDesign projects. With cost estimates of about $40 million for Skyline and $46 million for Idaho Falls, the board decided it made sense to explore the idea of a ReBuild of IFHS at a new location.
  • With the board considering a ReBuild rather than a ReDesign, it issued a new Request for Qualifications for a CM/GC and a Design Team. After interviewing several companies, the board in January 2017 announced Bateman-Hall as the CM/GC and Hummel/Alderson, Karst & Mitro as the Design Team to develop design concepts and cost estimates for a new school.
  • In February 2017, the district gathered input from parents, patrons, students and staff on the board’s idea to redesign Skyline, rebuild Idaho Falls High School and repurpose the existing IFHS building to meet other community and district needs. Discover what the community thinks about these plans. (Link to ThoughtExchange website.  http://d91.k12.id.thoughtexchange.com/card-welcome/welcome/)
  • In late February 2017, Hummel starts work with a team of IFHS teachers and administrators, as well as a committee of community representatives, to develop design concepts for a new high school. Watch for updates on that work, which will continue through May. Presentation from the April Community Design Workshop.
  • In May 2017, board members reviewed the preliminary design concepts for the ReBuild of Idaho Falls High School and some minor changes to the ReDesign of Skyline High School. 
  • In July 2017, the board passed a resolution asking patrons to approve a $110 million bond to upgrade and modernize both Skyline and Idaho Falls high schools. There will be no tax rate increase because of growth and rising tax values in Idaho Falls School District 91.  The election will be Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

Teacher with student doing math

The ability to confidently and effectively use mathematics to meet the everyday demands of life.

As our teachers and staff implement the new Idaho Core Standards, the focus is on providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to apply what they're learning about mathematics in the classroom to real-world problems.

In grades K-6 the district uses Math in Focus, a curriculum designed to give students a deeper, richer understanding of mathematics. Students are encouraged to solve problems, think critically and develop a mathematical mindset that will serve them well beyond high school. These skills are further developed in our middle school and high school math classes. 

Support Your Child's Learning At Home:

  • Make math part of everyday life at home.

  • Sort and classify treasures or collections. Do you have all the same-sized screws or keys or marbles? How are they alike? How are they different? How many are there?

  • Compare and contrast with your child. Ask them questions such as: “Which glass has more water in it? Which bowl has less food?

  • Tell addition, subtraction, multiplication and division stories. For example, if we share 17 buttons among three friends, how many will each get? Will there be any left over? What if we shared them with two friends?

  • Together with your child, keep track of the time he or she spends watching television, doing homework, playing with friends or taking part in sports. Create a graph to show how time is spent over a week or a month. 

 Students preparing for life after high school.

The knowledge, skills and attributes students need for success beyond high school.

Idaho Falls School District 91’s goal is for students to graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need to be successful in high school and beyond. Our teachers work to provide students with critical knowledge in core subjects such as English, Science, History and Math. They also help students develop skills such as critical thinking and collaboration, research and creativity, as well as attributes such as persistence, confidence and responsibility.

They work to create a culture in our schools that will empower students and prepare them to pursue some kind of post-secondary education after graduation. Research shows some kind of post-secondary education is more important than ever in order for our students to compete and be successful.  In fact, in the coming years, two out of three new jobs in Idaho will require more than a high school education, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. So, we encourage students to work hard and prepare themselves for life beyond high school, which could include a technical or trade school, a two-year college or a four-year university. 

Support Your Child's Learning At Home:

  • Talk to your child about what they like to do and what they might want to do when they grow up.
  • Help them develop their interests. Sign them up for a dance class or a basketball team or a chess club or a robotics program.
  • Talk to them about different kinds of jobs, and the kinds of things people do in those jobs.
  • Help them develop some of the attributes that are key to success in the 21st Century. Encourage them to be persistent and solve problems on their own. Challenge them to think critically, and to be creative.
  • Encourage your child to do well in school, and to take classes that challenge them or inspire them.
  • Become familiar with the classes offered in middle school, and high school, and learn about our professional-technical programs that allow students to earn college and credit or certifications while still in high school.

literacy

The quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write, listen and speak.

In today's fast-moving world, it is critical that students develop the literacy skills they need to be able to read, write, think and communicate effectively. These literacy skills are a major component of the Idaho Core Standards, which were adopted as part of a statewide effort to ensure Idaho students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to be successful beyond high school.

Our teachers and staff help students develop these literacy skills in a number of different ways. In our elementary schools the focus is providing students with a strong foundation in reading, as well as writing. Students are also being introduced to a wider variety of reading materials, including more non-fiction. They also are writing more, and are being encouraged to develop a point of view and then support it with research. In our secondary schools, teachers are using Literacy Design Collaboratives or LDCs to teach literacy in all content areas including subjects such as PE, music and science.  

Support Your Child's Learning At Home:

  • Be sure reading is encouraged and rewarded at home.

  • Read together as a family. As your child matures as a reader, take turns reading to him or having her read to you.

  • Encourage your child to read different kinds of material such like poetry, science or other non-fiction or newspaper or magazine articles about topics that interest them.

  • Buy your child a subscription to a magazine such as National Geographic Kids or Sports Illustrated Kids or Highlights.

  • Encourage your child to write. Children can easily write letters, Thank You notes or record family activities in a journal.