Bronc Achievement Center

A rendering of the new Bronc Achievement Center illustrates one of the proposed projects in the Teton County School District No. 1 masterplan. The public is invited to an informational session 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 proposed 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 master plan 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. “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.’ ”

Staff first presented the master plan — which includes a new Bronc achievement center and space for Jackson Hole Middle School students — back in August. At the board’s public meeting Oct. 27, Gingery 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 the district’s new bus barn and maintenance building, with an estimated cost of $16 million.

At $34.4 million, the new achievement center 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 counts for upcoming classes. Specifically, it would create labs for engineering, robotics and fabrication, as well as culinary arts and media arts centers.

The new 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 district’s master plan is to identify priority items so parcels aren’t developed for short-sighted ventures.

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

At Wednesday’s meeting, residents will have the chance to view renderings for projects big and small — from an updated Jackson Hole stadium and press box to a security vestibule in the Wilson Elementary School.

This article has been updated to correct elements of the district's proposals. — Ed.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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(1) comment

Judd Grossman

Sounds cool, but don't raise taxes to pay for it.

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