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Pillar Falls Elementary School Groundbreaking

A construction worker takes a photo in the background during the Pillar Falls Elementary School groundbreaking July 7, 2015, in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS • It’s official: New attendance zones in the Twin Falls School District have been finalized, shaping where students will go to school.

School trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night — and without discussion — to approve the changes, wrapping up a four-month process.

The decision will affect more than 1,000 elementary-schoolers starting in 2016 and middle-schoolers starting in 2017. Attendance zones are changing to accommodate three new schools, funded by a nearly $74 million bond.

Board chairman Bernie Jansen thanked the 26-member committee — including educators and parents — who drafted the new zones.

The group started meeting in October and brought a draft proposal to the board in December. School trustees heard several detailed presentations with updates, including plan revisions, in recent months.

Jansen wished district officials luck with getting information out to parents.

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Even with the best efforts, “I can guarantee there’s at least 10 percent who didn’t get the word until school starts next fall,” he said.

The district held three community meetings earlier this month to share information, but attendance was sparse. Feedback was also collected via an online survey.

Construction is underway for Rock Creek and Pillar Falls elementary schools, with both opening in summer 2016. South Hills Middle School opens in 2017.

The new schools will alleviate rapid enrollment growth and overcrowding.


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