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NAMPA — The Nampa School District is looking to sell the old Treasure Valley Leadership Academy building after the school moved in to share space with Park Ridge Elementary.

The district finished collecting bids for the property at 609 15th Ave. N., near Lakeview Park, last week, according to district spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck. She said the district received one bid for $300,000, which was deemed not viable, as the appraised value of the property is $600,000. So, officials decided to put the property on the open market, Tuck said.

The building opened in 1963 as Park View School for elementary students, Tuck said. The building served various purposes in later years, and in 2017, the Treasure Valley Leadership Academy took over the space.

The academy opened with just freshmen, then expanded to sophomores the following year and, this year, to juniors. The school, with 54 students now, outgrew the Park View building and moved in with Park Ridge Elementary two miles away.

Park Ridge has 270 students on a 12-acre campus at 3313 E. Park Ridge Drive.

The move means that the district has no use for the academy’s old building, Tuck said. The building is 10,833-square-feet on 1.5 acres near the intersection of Sixth Street North and 16th Avenue North.

The Treasure Valley Leadership Academy is held in a front wing of the building separated from the elementary students, Tuck said. Both schools’ signs are displayed at the front of campus.

When district officials were first considering moving the academy into the elementary school, some parents expressed concern about high school students mingling with elementary students, Tuck said. After some meetings with the parents to explain how the process would work, she said, most supported the plan.

Treasure Valley Leadership Academy students are kept separate from the elementary students for the most part. But Tuck said the shared space allows the opportunity for academy students to mentor some of the younger students, which academy students previously engaged in with other elementary students last year.

“It’s a brand new concept,” she said, “and it’s working pretty well.”

Erin Bamer is the Nampa/Caldwell reporter. Contact her at 208-465-8193, or ebamer@idahopress.com. Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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