Built in 1926, the elementary school in Notus has seen better days. Fifteen years ago, the school's interior was rated "poor," the exterior "fair," and handicapped accessibility "unsatisfactory." The Idaho Press-Tribune
reported Friday that the Notus School District is now seeking more community feedback about the possibility of getting a $4.4 million bond on the ballot in August, allowing for the construction of a new elementary school building.
According to a telephone survey of 300 registered voters in November, 69 percent supported construction of a new school, but only 61 percent would support the 20-year bond to pay for it. Idaho requires two-thirds supermajority approval for passage of bonds.
"We're not looking at a larger school, just bringing it in line with ADA compliance and suitability needs," Superintendent Craig Woods told the Press-Tribune
The new school would be a little bigger, though. The improved building would be about 46,000 square feet, compared to the current 31,000-square-foot facility. That extra space would be used to make classrooms bigger. Tearing down the existing building could cost as much as $155,000, versus the $50,000 per year for utilities, insurance and maintenance.
The Notus School Board of Trustees will continue to discuss the issue and could make a decision at the next meeting, slated for June 9.