School board plans

A rendering of the new Bronc Achievement Center, one of the proposed projects in the Teton County School District No. 1 masterplan. The public is invited to an informational session this Wednesday to hear more about the $60 million suite of renovations and potential revenue sources for the projects.

You can’t build employee housing on top of a swimming pool.

With limited land and a suite of parent-recommended projects ranging from olympic swimming pools to middle school expansion, school officials are taking a step back to examine the future of district developments. Board members for Teton County School District No. 1 will unveil their new masterplan this Wednesday at a 5 p.m. information session.

“It may not be this school board that ever builds any of these things,” school board chairman Keith Gingery told the Jackson Hole Daily last month. “But at least the next school board would go, 'Oh, this school board came up with a plan. Here's a list of things they think should be built.’”

Gingery first presented the masterplan — which includes expansion of the Bronc achievement center and Jackson Hole Middle School — at the board’s public meeting Oct. 27. There, he explained the district’s revenue sources, hinting at the difficulty of raising the millions necessary to fund every proposed project.

The middle school “vocational remodel,” for example, would cost an estimated $4.1 million. More costly — and less glamorous — would be a remodel of the district’s bus barn and maintenance building, estimated cost: $16 million.

At $34.4 million, the achievement center remodel is the most expensive project on the list. It would provide additional classroom space for the high school, which is expected to hit capacity in the coming years based on current underclassmen censuses.

Specifically, it would create labs for engineering, robotics and fabrication, as well as culinary arts and media arts centers.

The new rec center would also feature a four-lane, 200 meter track, five basketball courts, four volleyball courts, five tennis courts, a fitness studio, retractable bleachers, a wrestling room, and a climbing wall.

The planning documents are still in their early stages, but Gingery hopes they serve as a blueprint for future school officials.

“We’re not prepared to ask for any money yet,” he said.

Like other county planning documents, the goal of the districts’ masterplan is to identify priority items so parcels aren’t sold off or slated for short-sighted developments.

Before the board moves forward, they are eager to hear from the public.

At the Nov. 10 meeting, residents will have the chance to view renderings for projects big and small — from the new Jackson Hole stadium and press box to a security vestibule in the Wilson Elementary School.

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