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Swan Falls HS Update

Swan Falls High School UPDATE

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Kuna’s third high school named: Swan Falls High School

The Kuna Board of Trustees Tuesday selected the name -- Swan Falls High School -- for the district’s third high school under construction on Linder and Columbia roads and slated to open in fall 2020.

More than 100 ideas were submitted to the Board to consider earlier this year. Last week, trustees narrowed the name choices to three -- Desert View, Swan Falls and Mason Creek and asked the the community to weigh in on their favorite.

The survey proved to be the district’s most popular, drawing more than 1,800 entries with Swan Falls receiving the most support.

Swan Falls references a popular recreation area and significant wildlife area along the Snake River about 20 miles south of Kuna. It is the site of the Swan Falls Dam, operated by Idaho Power. The original dam was built in 1901 to provide electricity to nearby mines. According to Idaho Power, Swan Falls is the oldest hydroelectric generating site on the Snake River.The old plant became a museum, when Idaho Power built a new power plant in the mid-1990s.

Comments provided by survey takers highlight the importance of the area to the Kuna community:

“I grew up in Kuna and with it being such a small town at the time, Swan Falls was a major entertainment destination for swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. I learned how to drive down there and made some of my best memories there. I think it would be a fitting name for a place that should also be a place of great experiences and learning opportunities, much like Swan Falls was for me.”

“I think Swan Falls is a relevant geological landmark where we have the largest concentration of raptors in the United States. To me, that is something to cherish and to be proud of. ”

“Swan Falls is a spectacular feature in a beautiful canyon that is important to all creatures in the area. It's a symbol for Kuna, and nestled in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA for which we are known.”

The district broke ground on the first phase of Swan Falls High School March 5. The first phase of the school, a career technical education center and general education classrooms will open in fall 2020.

In March 2017, Kuna patrons approved a $40 million bond, $25 million of which was earmarked for the first phase of the new high school. The district purchased land at Columbia and Linder roads in August 2017. Plans and permits for the school were approved in November 2018 and site preparation is underway. Future additions to the school will depend on resources and community support of future bonds and levies.

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