Blackfoot breaks ground on multi-faceted project

Students in the Blackfoot School District broke ground for a new set of projects Tuesday.

The Blackfoot School District broke ground Tuesday on a set of projects that will bring a new elementary school, career-technical high school and other facilities to students.

A 450-student elementary school across the street from the Blackfoot High School’s football field will replace the district’s Stoddard Elementary School, which will be repurposed into a technical education center for high schoolers.

Projects also include added shop space for industrial classes, a new student center at Blackfoot High, a baseball-softball complex, soccer field with lighting and an updated track with seating upgrades.

The district unveiled renderings of the projects at an assembly Tuesday morning.

“Blackfoot High School will never be the same,” Superintendent Brian Kress told students during a groundbreaking ceremony afterward.

In March, the district passed a $23.9 million bond issue to fund the projects, with 82% voter support.

All projects have a “targeted” completion date of fall 2023, Kress told EdNews Wednesday.

The Blackfoot district serves some 4,000 students.

A renderings of the project on display during an assembly at Blackfoot High.

 

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