Teton School District 401 is working hard to deliver excellent education. Unfortunately, our buildings are starting to hold us back. Our elementary school buildings are all between 59 and 76 years old, and they are over capacity. These older buildings were not designed for modern educational needs.
The state of Idaho does not fund the construction or renovation of school buildings. The local community bears the burden of infrastructure costs through levies and bonds.
This simple illustration shows us how far the technology of tractors has come in the last 76 years. We can apply this same thinking to cars, skis, telephones, any items we use regularly. Modern innovations and improvements help us to reach our full potential in all we do. How many of us still utilize items from 1941? Do they produce the equivalent end product? Modern and innovative school facilities will help our educators and students reach their full potential.
Below you'll find snapshots of the primary issues at each of our elementary schools. Please note that all enrollment and capacity numbers are as of January 2017 and are subject to change.
Victor Elementary School
Victor Elementary was built in 1941, making it 75 years old. Its capacity is 103 students, and current enrollment is 180.
Due to a lack of space, hallways are used for instruction as well as for storage.
The gym is shared with the community and is in use from 8am until 9pm every day.
There is currently one modular at the school. Adding another would greatly reduce playground space.
The stage is now a cafeteria.
This video highlights some of the most pressing problems facing the Victor Elementary School facility.
Driggs Elementary School
Built in 1952 to be a high school, DES now has 332 students with a maximum capacity of 195.
The district spends $30,000 per year maintaining this facility.
Because DES was designed to be a high school, the classrooms are small and overcrowded.
This video highlights some of the most pressing problems facing the Driggs Elementary School facility.
The library is in the back of the auditorium.
Both the music room (shown here) and the ESL room have no windows.
Tetonia Elementary School
Tetonia Elementary was built in 1951, making it 66 years old. It is the only TSD elementary school with the capacity for expansion.
Staff and students share a restroom.
The library is used by the community in the summer.
The stage has been walled off from the gym.
The cafeteria is a small space that occupies the former stage area.
This video highlights some of the most pressing problems facing the Tetonia Elementary School facility.
Rendezvous Upper Elementary School
RUES was built in 1958. It houses 290 students right now and 218 at full capacity.
The front office does not have a direct view of the entrance.
There are two modulars already in use. One houses two 4th grade classes; the other the library and music room.
This video highlights some of the most pressing problems facing Rendezvous Upper Elementary School.
The hallway is used for storage.
The 6 stalls in this bathroom are used by 136 girls.