High School ReDesign LogoAfter the November 2017 bond election, the Board of Trustees spent months talking to parents and patrons, conducting surveys and doing other outreach to gauge support for another bond to pay to update and modernize our high schools. The No. 1 thing board members heard was that they needed to cut the price tag. 

Working with staff, our design team and construction manager, board members have done just that. They revisited the plans, focused on the essentials such as modern teaching spaces and developed a new bond proposal that will be on the ballot on Aug. 28. Questions? Send them to us

The new proposal includes:

  • A base bond of $86.2 million to make extensive renovations to Skyline High School, construct a new Idaho Falls High School and begin converting the current Idaho Falls into a Career Technical Education Center.

  • Patrons also would have the opportunity to vote separately on adding $13.3 million in amenities such as a district performing arts center at Skyline High School and an innovative space at the new Idaho Falls High School that could be used for an auxiliary gym, arts performances and more.

  • If voters approve the bond, the district will use reserve moneys to pay for some additional projects such as an outdoor track at the new Idaho Falls High School and an indoor track at Skyline High School. The district also is planning to use additional reserves to make site improvements at Skyline High School that will improve safety and traffic flow at the school. 

• Large, flexible teaching spaces. (Click on the floor plan to see a larger view.)

• Common spaces for collaboration

• Enhanced safety and security features

• Modern, updated technology infrastructure

• Improved site for better, safer traffic flow

• Updated athletic faculties

• Patrons will have the chance to vote on a district performing arts center that could be used by all D91 schools

• Large, flexible teaching spaces. (Idaho Falls High School Proposed Floor PlanClick on the floor plan to see a larger view.)

• Common spaces for collaboration

• Enhanced safety and security features

• Modern, updated technology infrastructure

• Rough in for 8 more classrooms to accommodate future growth

• Practice fields for high school sports

• Patrons will have the chance to vote on an innovative space that could be used for an auxiliary gym, for arts performances and more

Proposed Floor Plan for the Career Technical Education Center We would begin converting it to a centralized campus (see the site plan)  for all D91's career technical programs such as Pharmacy Tech, EMT, CNA, Culinary Arts, Auto Tech and more. (Click on the floor plan to see a larger view.) 

• With the additional space, we could offer more career technical programs and more students could take those classes

• The new career technical campus could accommodate about 650 students with some attending AM classes and some attending PM classes

• Site Plan for the New IFHS on 49th streetAvailable, affordable land in Idaho Falls High School's growing attendance area.  (Click on the site image for a larger view.)

• Lots of space to meet district's future needs

• Idaho Falls is growing to the south

• Land is close to Taylorview, which could expand opportunities for middle school students. 

D91's tax rate -- $424 per year on $100,000 of taxable value -- WILL NOT change.​ Those tax revenues pay for: 

  • ​Supplemental Levy, which goes to salaries
  • Special Plant Facilities Levy, which goes to capital expenses such as bus purchases, technology roof projects and other building maintenance
  • Current bond, and if approved by voters, the new bond

If the county increases your tax assessment, your taxes may increase, but that would be because of growth and rising property values, not D91's bond or tax rate

  • D91 is managing its debt to address short-term and long-term needs
  • D91 is in the process of refinancing its existing bond, which should save taxpayers about $3 million
  • D91's bond rating was just increased to Aa2 from Aa3 in recognition of the district's financial stewardship, modest debt and the area's economic growth.