BRIGHAM CITY -- Box Elder School Board has unanimously committed to building a new elementary school in Fielding.
In addition, the board gave approval to proceed with a master plan and cost estimates for rebuilding the gymnasium at Box Elder Middle School.
Money for construction will come from the bond that was approved for building the high schools and two elementary schools.
Superintendent Ron Wolff promised to bring back to the board at a future meeting a 10-year maintenance and construction plan for all the district's buildings.
Finance Director Ron Frandsen said the district has money reserved from the bond to build another elementary school and possibly build a complete new gymnasium for Box Elder Middle School.
Frandsen told the board that bonds for both high schools sold at a premium. Another savings came when the district opted to use the architectural plans for Three Mile Creek Elementary School for the new Garland Elementary School now under construction. In addition, construction prices are lower than they have been for a long time.
"To be honest, the pendulum on the market could swing back at any time," said Facilities Manager Jim Christensen.
Wolff said he has toured the buildings in the north end of the district.
"I don't think it would be a wise investment to add on to any one of those facilities," he said.
Christensen agreed. "(Fielding Elementary School) has been there forever. It will soon be 100 years old. My concern: If you lose the boiler, which is underground and could be underwater, then the school will be unusable."
Board member Connie Archibald said Fielding is in an ideal location to build a school, as students are currently being bused in from Portage and Beaver Dam, both 30 minutes away.
The board agreed that once the new Garland Elementary School is complete, the former Garland Elementary School will house the students from Fielding School while that school is under construction.
Once both schools are complete, the board will realign boundaries for Fielding, Garland, North Park and McKinley elementary schools to equalize enrollment among the four schools.