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After delays due to COVID, Swan Falls High School nears closer to opening

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 08:01:01-04

BOISE — Kids in the Kuna School District head back to school on Monday. All schools are opening their doors with a hybrid schedule, except for Swan Falls High School. The new career and technical education school was supposed to open this fall, but plans got pushed back due to COVID.

"The construction the last couple of months has been a little slow due to covid, we've had issues with both material and labor supplies, so that's delayed us," said IT director and project manager Jim Obert.

A lot has come together in a short amount of time at Swan Falls High School.

"I'm happy to say when we did get materials and labor, the construction progressed rapidly, as you can see we have walls, a roof, painted interior, floors in, and furniture," said Obert.

In a few months, the construction tape filling the halls will be replaced by 600 students.

"We have ten general Ed classrooms, and the CTE programs are auto, diesel, construction, health occupation, and electronics," said Obert.

The construction is set to be completed end of September. The majority of the work left is in the auto diesel and construction labs.

"Those are quite large," said Obert,

"The construction lab is 5,000 square feet, and the out lab is 13,000 square feet, and it has a lot of technology in it."

The school offers students the opportunity for that hands-on practice in CTE fields.

"We gave them those opportunities so kids can have a chance to get into the program they would like to without having to go to Meridian or Boise School District's technical program," said Obert.

Should the board decide in a few years to expand it, there's room to do it.

"They built a lot of mailboxes simply for when we add on," said Obert.

There's no schedule yet for when students will enter the school. That depends on the inspections on completion of the construction.