Idaho town seeks $33 million to rebuild fire-damaged school

March 20, 2024

Residents in Pocatello-Chubbuck School District No. 25 (PCSD) in Idaho will vote on a $33 million bond resolution to build facilities at Highland High School.

In April 2023, a fire swept through Highland High School, destroying or damaging the school’s gymnasium, cafeteria, weight room, band, orchestra and choir rooms. If voters pass the bond, PCSD expects to finish reconstruction by fall 2027. The district will hold the election May 21.

If approved, the bond would allow the district to replace facilities that were lost or damaged by the fire and build an auditorium. PCSD would also replace and increase the size of the gymnasium and activity space. Plans include adding, remodeling and modernizing science classrooms.

The rebuilt school would provide opportunities for students to learn in modern facilities, returning all learners and extracurriculars to the campus in the process. The district would restore functional gathering spaces, increase the campus’ capacity for community activities and recover the 75,000 square feet of space lost in the fire.

The bond election could unnecessary based on the outcome of Idaho House Bill 521 (HB 521). If passed, HB521 would make additional school building funding available, including $43 million for PCSD. The financial boost would provide the district with enough capital to rebuild Highland High School with state funds.

Pocatello and Chubbuck are 164 miles north of Salt Lake City.

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