Education

Barber Valley school: here's where and when it will be built

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A long-promised new elementary school in the Barber Valley is still on the drawing board, but young residents of the area won't be attending classes there just yet.

The school was funded as part of a 2017 bond election passed by Boise School District voters. The school is estimated to cost nearly $14 million in tax dollars - and is the only brand new school funded by the bond.

Boise Schools Public Affairs Administrator Dan Hollar says right now the school is slated to be built as part of the bond's second phase - sometime between 2020 and 2023.

The school site is currently an open field south of Parkcenter Blvd. and north of Warm Springs Ave. Construction of roads in a future phase of the Harris Ranch development must first be completed - Barnside Way will be extended to the south and connect with a future Thornapple Dr. 

The school will be surrounded by a village square plaza and potential commercial development, according to a plan document from the school district. 

In all, the 2017 bond will fund projects at 22 sites around the district.

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Downtown Boise gets its own blue turf

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Courtesy Athlos Academies

The Athlos Academies HQ in the former Bon Marché (aka Macy's aka CC Anderson) building on Idaho St. is just about done. The defining feature may be a football field and basketball court indoors.  

Athlos will train teachers of its academies around the country in the Boise facility -- and will incorporate the indoor sports facilities. 

Instead of green, the Athlos folks (naturally) chose blue.  

 “We now have turf and a hardwood basketball court. The turf is blue—a reflection of our pride for being located in Boise, Idaho, home of the iconic Boise State blue turf." Cameron Arial, chief development officer at Athlos Academies said. 

Athlos employees started moving in late last month.  

 

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New hitting facility set for Bishop Kelly

Bishop Kelly High School on Franklin Rd. in Boise has filed with the City of Boise to construct a 6,800 square foot hitting facility on its campus.  The new metal building would give baseball and softball players at the school an upgraded place to practice.  

"This facility is located at the entrance on the east side of campus along Allumbaugh Way. We will be replacing a temporary structure of the same use," Erstad Architects noted in its application for design review.

The project is valued at just more than $293,000.

BK is also in process on a classroom expansion for the private Catholic high school.