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. Timeline

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 SHS ReDesign.  See current SHS vs new SHS  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.  See IFHS ReBuild.  IFHS Site Plan 

  • 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 fall 2015 began a series of conversations with parents and patrons about what education in Idaho Falls School District 91 needed to look like if we wanted all our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they needed to be successful after high school. A common theme that emerged from those conversations was the need to modernize our high schools. It seemed the logical next step after the district successfully passed a bond in 2012 to rebuild four aged elementary schools and address other facility needs around the district. ‚Äč

  • 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 Priorities and SHS Priorities.
  • 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. 
  • 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.