Printed on: November 11, 2012

D93 accepts building

By Nate Sunderland
nsunderland@postregister.com

A northern Idaho company's donation of a small building to Bonneville Joint School District 93 will help expand the Technical Careers High School next year.

The District 93 school board Wednesday accepted the donation of a 6,000-square-foot steel building from Caldwell-based R&M Steel Company.

Owner Rob Roberts donated the $60,000 building because he's a staunch supporter of professional technical education in Idaho, Principal Craig Miller said.

"Mr. Roberts really believes in the trades and in students learning how to work with their hands," Miller said.

The building will house the school's new energy systems technology program, which administrators plan to launch next year. The program focuses on electronics and power generation. It will be run in coordination with Eastern Idaho Technical College.

High school students enrolled in the program will work toward a two-year technical certificate in energy systems technology.

Miller projects the program could cater to 20 to 30 junior and senior students.

The new building will cost District 93 about $360,000 -- to cover the cost of building a cement foundation, assembling the building, as well as renovating and furnishing it.

Money for the project will come from the $14 million school bond voters passed in March.

District 93 also is seeking public donations to reduce construction costs.

Work on the foundation tentatively is scheduled this winter. The building is slated for completion next summer.

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