BLACKFOOT — Bingham Academy marked a milestone on Thursday.
Board chairman Greg Sigerson for Bingham Academy signed a lease with Woodbury Corp. for space in the Riverside Plaza on Thursday.
Bingham Academy, a charter high school, will open for ninth and 10th graders in August 2014. The high school will be housed at 1350 Parkway Dr., Ste. 18 in the Riverside Plaza in Blackfoot. (The space was formerly leased by the movie theater.)
Registration for interested ninth and 10th graders is open now. (Grades 11 and 12 will be added in subsequent years.)
To register, students can go online to binghamacademy.com or call (208) 557-4003. Paper applications are available at the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center, 2801 Hunters Loop, Blackfoot.
Students are selected to attend charter schools through a lottery system. Students can sign-up for the lottery now. The lottery will take place during a March school board meeting.
"A lot of stuff has gone on in the background," said board chairman Sigerson. "The Idaho Charter Commission has ratified our charter.
"We've put together the right team of people," he said. "Doug [Owen, Bingham Academy principal] is amazing. With the direction of the board, he is able to lead the charge."
"Lots of work is left to be done," said Sigerson. "There's the work of gaining students, hiring teachers and the work of remodeling [the facility]."
The facility is leased from the Woodbury Corp. from Salt Lake City. Woodbury Corp. has been in business 102 years.
"The face and function of shopping centers and human community have changed," said Sean Williams, Development/Leasing with Woodbury Corp.
"We are excited for the kids, the synergy they will bring and the knowledge they will gain," he said. "We anticipate an increase of traffic flow to food establishments.
"[The school] will change the look and feel of this shopping center," said Williams.
To register, go to binghamacademy.com or call (208) 557-4003.