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Barber Valley school: here’s where and when it will be built

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A long-promised new elementary school in the Barber Valley is still on the drawing board, but young residents of the area won’t be attending classes there just yet.

The school was funded as part of a 2017 bond election passed by Boise School District voters. The school is estimated to cost nearly $14 million in tax dollars – and is the only brand new school funded by the bond.

Boise Schools Public Affairs Administrator Dan Hollar says right now the school is slated to be built as part of the bond’s second phase – sometime between 2020 and 2023.

The school site is currently an open field south of Parkcenter Blvd. and north of Warm Springs Ave. Construction of roads in a future phase of the Harris Ranch development must first be completed – Barnside Way will be extended to the south and connect with a future Thornapple Dr. 

The school will be surrounded by a village square plaza and potential commercial development, according to a plan document from the school district. 

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In all, the 2017 bond will fund projects at 22 sites around the district.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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