This Post First Appeared in East Idaho News | By Natalia Hepworth
IDAHO FALLS — The new charter school, Alturas Academy opened its doors to the public for the first time this week.
“We want to give the parents and the students an opportunity bring all (of) their supplies in so that when we start school next week, we can just jump right into… all of our programs,” principal Steven Andrew said.
Parents, students, and the community were welcome from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to explore Alturas’ temporary home. Currently, the academy resides in the Boy Scouts of America building on Yellowstone Avenue.
Next year Alturas Academy will move into the O.E. Bell building, a local historic building, for its permanent stay.
“Our long term objective is to get into the O.E. Bell building. What they found… was the best way to use that space would be for us to spend a year in another location. They can do the renovations and get that building ready for use to move (in to) in the fall of 2017,” Andrew said.
Prior to the charter school the interior of the Boy Scouts building had arranged office spaces. One of the largest rooms in the building was a space with cubicle separators. The cubicles still stand, but have been rearranged as interconnected classrooms. Other adjustments have been made to the building to get it up to educational code.
“They had to make some adjustments in, for instance the fire system, and some of the entry ways,” Andrews said. “They also had to rearrange the cubicles so we could utilize the largest room. That’s what we’re using for our first through third grade classroom.”
Alturas Academy is an innovative new school option committed to providing a high quality education to all students and is part of Bluum’s 20 in 10 Initiative.