STATE BOARD HELPS DEDICATE NEW SCHOOL IN PLUMMER
(Plummer). Elementary students in Plummer went to school in a brand new building this week thanks to some help from the State of Idaho. Today, representatives from the State Board of Education were on hand to help officially dedicate the new school.
In 2006, the Idaho Legislature established an ongoing, state-funded system for the repair or replacement of unsafe school facilities when school districts are unable to fund the projects themselves.
The act created a panel within the Office of the State Board of Education, consisting of the Administrator of the Division of Building Safety, the Administrator of the Division of Public Works and the Executive Director of the State Board of Education. In August 2009, the first gathering of the Idaho Public School Facilities Cooperative Funding Program Panel (Panel) met to start discussions regarding the Plummer-Worley school which posed an imminent safety hazard.
The project to build the new Lakeside Elementary School in Plummer got underway in March 2010 when a consultant was hired by the State Board to serve as District Supervisor to oversee the project. The project incorporated state best practices including development of education specifications, value engineering, constructability review and commissioning to improve quality and reduce cost.
State Board of Education member Don Soltman who attended the dedication said, “This project provided a great test case for this approach to funding school facility needs. Plummer’s new Lakeside Elementary is opening on schedule and under budget.”