Founded in 1969, the Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency (COSSA) is a consortium of five school districts that pooled resources in an effort to provide services that were financially impossible for each district to provide individually: special education, an alternative high school, and professional-technical education.
COSSA annually serves more than 1,100 students:
In previous years, COSSA provided these services at multiple locations throughout the two counties and five school districts – Homedale, Marsing, Notus, Parma and Wilder. Now, COSSA cut the ribbon on a new facility in Wilder that will not only provide new and improve classrooms but also a central location for all these services, significantly reducing transportation costs.
The new COSSA Regional Technical and Educational Center has truly been a community effort, COSSA’s executive director Mark Cotner explained.
The Wilder School District donated the land for the facility, valued at more than $200,000, and local community member Rob Roberts who owns R&M Steel donated all the steel that went into constructing the building, amounting to a $400,000 donation!
Many others from Superintendent Luna, Rep. Darrell Bolz and Congressman Walt Minnick to the Idaho Department of Labor and Sage Community Resources worked to see this project through to the end.
The new facility will house:
- Professional-Technical (PTE) Programs
- Health Professions Medical Records
- Engineering Design and Automation
- Business Education
- Centerpoint Alternative Jr/Sr High School
- COSSA Administrative Services
- Special Education & Gifted/Talented Administrative Services