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Pocatello/Chubbuck School District releases architectural rendering and timeline for new main entry at Pocatello High School

February 15, 2019 GMT

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 is moving forward with planned improvements to Pocatello High School. The first phase of the renovations will include remodeling the front entrance of the school to fulfill the district’s objective to create a clear, ADA accessible main entrance to the centrally located administrative offices.

The other four goals and objectives outlined for the project include:

1. Increase student safety by connecting the main building with the auditorium and gymnasium areas.

2. Provide ADA accessibility to the main and upper floors of PHS and new areas.

3. Provide additional classrooms and Commons area to accommodate increased student enrollment.

4. Help alleviate lunch room congestion and lack of space in basement cafeteria.

The guiding philosophy for the project is Honor the Past. Embrace the Future. The overall design will provide accessibility, classrooms, security and a Commons space while preserving the historical significance of Pocatello High School. The Commons ties the campus together in an exciting way. A new classroom wing will complement the existing architecture of the school and include updated and improved science and math classrooms. The renovations will provide a connected, secure campus with enhanced accessibility and a place for our learners to collaborate, socialize and study while reinforcing Poky’s school motto, “Where everyone is somebody.”

In September 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the selection of Hummel Architects for the project. $4.5 million was originally set in reserve for the project from the School Plant Facility Fund. An additional $500,000 was approved during the regular board meeting on January 15, 2019. A request to transfer $2.5 million from the General Fund Balance to the School Plan Facilities Fund was approved by the Board on February 12, 2019, bringing the total in reserves for the project to $7.5 million. The project is part of PCSD 25’s Capital Improvement Plan and will not require a bond to complete.

Updates to the project, including the new main entrance design and project timeline, can be followed on the district website at: http://www.sd25.us/Content2/current-projects. The instructional and Commons area improvements to the high school are in the concept and design phase and will be announced as plans are finalized.