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The Kuna, Melba and Marsing school districts announced this morning the creation of Idaho’s first super-school district. This new school will be classified 6A, one category larger than the highest school population – 5A.
The new school will be named the Ada Plains Raptor Independent Locality Free Overlook Observational Learning School.
“This is the new evolution of where schools are going,” said Melba School District Superintendent Andrew Grover. “We will be able to take advantage of economies of scale and teach more students more effectively with greater results on standardized tests.”
Grover, who is running for State School Superintendent, plans to lead the new school district as a test case for future Idaho school district merges.
“If this works, we could see Middleton, Star and Emmett combined or even Nampa and Caldwell.”
The new school will house all kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school students in one large facility. Planned for construction on top of Kuna Butte, the 25-story skyscraper will contain all classrooms, administration offices and sports facilities.
“Because the school will be so large, the sports teams will compete on the collegiate level,” said Grover. “We’ll have to see how good the teams are before we determine which divisions they will be assigned.”
“Each floor will teach one grade,” said Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson. “It will be symbolic at the end of each year to go up a floor when they graduate.”
An anonymous administrative official said there was some controversy about putting alternative students and special needs in the basement but that it was decided to move them to the top floor instead.
Students will be initially bussed to the new super-school but eventually high speed trains will transport students from the center of each community to the school to ease parking issues that the BLM is concerned about.
“Although a $20 million federal grant has been awarded to begin the construction process, because the state legislature has not funded it, a school tax levy will be needed,” said Marsing School Superintendent Tracia Craig.
It is estimated that a 32 percent tax will be needed increasing area resident’s property taxes by $14,300 per $100,000 home value.
Kuna’s Johnson said that additional revenue funding will be provided by fracking revenue developed by the new oil & gas vocational classes.
“We will also be developing a mushroom growing agriculture business run by students utilizing the vast lava-tube cave system accessed through the Kuna Caves,” said Marsing’s Craig.
Construction is expected to begin April 1, 2015.