AMERICAN FALLS — The ribbon cutting for the new J. R. Simplot Elementary, “a neighborhood STEM school,” will be on Friday at 11 a.m.

The school is located at 820 Tyhee St. in American Falls.

Gov. Brad Little and J. R. Simplot’s son, Scott Simplot, will be the featured speakers.

The 40,000-square-foot school will be the home of 350 third through fifth grade students. The first day of school will be Aug. 26.

The $9 million school sits on the original American Falls High School that was built in 1934 and was torn down in 2003. The school connected to a 38,000 square foot newer part of the old high school, which includes a gym, band room, cafeteria and several STEM classrooms.

For more information, contact Randy Jensen at 208-221-0256.