Pocatello educators are one step closer to improving a local high school.

The Pocatello-Chubbuck School District has moved forward with a decision on the architect they will be using to make improvements to Pocatello High School.

School district officials say they have five goals for the project.  At the top of the list is student safety.

“With our ‘Safe Schools All Day Everyday’ safety protocol, it’s just increasingly vital for us to put safety front and center and this project that is the predominant goal is to connect the buildings and enhance that student safety,” says Courtney Fisher, Pocatello-Chubbuck School District.

Other goals include providing ADA accessibility, additional classrooms and commons area, alleviate lunch room congestion and create a clear main entrance and centrally located administrative offices.

“So that our guests and out parents and our visitors can get right to the heart of the school.  Right now it’s unclear what the main entrance of Poky is, so creating that main focal point is really important to this project,” says Fisher.

The School Board of Trustees Chair says they felt strongly about the design and plans that Hummel Architects presented.

They say Pocatello High School is due for some changes and upgrades.

“I think the idea that we can have a commons area where they can actually see outside and not have to walk in the snow between the buildings and everything.  I think the kids are going to love it.  I think it should be exciting for them,” says Jackie Cranor, Board Chair of Pocatello-Chubbuck School District.

Officials say blending the past with the future was also an appealing factor in their selection.

“The architects came in and they talked about preserving the legacy and history of Pocatello, which is very important to all of us.  I’m a Poky grad, so it’s important to me, but also you have to look at modern conveniences,” says Fisher.

Officials say they have 4.5 million dollars reserved for the project.

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