With the construction of several new schools in recent years, Twin Falls is now home to nine elementary schools. But with wide socioeconomic disparities between sections of the city, those disparities persist — and in some cases, widen — at elementary schools.
Students living in poverty often go to school in the oldest buildings. More than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at Twin Falls’ two oldest elementary campuses, Lincoln and Bickel elementary schools. At the two newest schools — Rock Creek and Pillar Falls elementary schools — only about 30 percent qualify.
Watch for part one of Julie Wootton-Greener’s two-part series on parity among elementary schools Thursday at Magicvalley.com and Sunday in the Times-News. Part two will publish online June 28 and in print July 1.