CALDWELL — Vallivue School District is planning to build a third middle school in Caldwell, and city officials helped them get one step closer Monday night.

Caldwell City Council voted to rezone over 37 acres along Smeed Parkway north of Highway 20/26 to allow the district to build the school. The land was zoned for community commercial development, and the council rezoned the property for low-density residential development.

Senior Planner Jarom Wagoner said some residents were concerned that the district would use part of the land to build single-family homes, but he said district officials plan to use all of the land for the new school.

According to city documents, Vallivue School District purchased the land in 2017 with the intent to build a third middle school to alleviate the crowding at its existing two middle schools. The middle school is expected to be about 180,000 square feet and accommodate about 1,400 students.

The 37 acres is big enough to allow the district to build an additional elementary school, which would be the district’s eighth. Officials expect to plan the future school in the next five years, given Caldwell’s growth rate, according to city documents.

Earlier this year, voters narrowly passed a $65 million bond for the district by just two votes. Part of the money will be used to renovate one of its existing middle schools to accommodate more students, according to a KTVB report. Wagoner said part of the bond would be used to build the new middle school.

Vallivue officials expected the district to be over capacity by the current academic year. District officials were not present at the meeting to comment on the new school.

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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