On June 10, 1918, the matter of a new school building for the East Side Addition was brought before the School Board. After general discussion, the secretary advised to inform several architects that a six or eight room unit would be erected, and should open as soon as possible. Prior to the Board Meeting an election had been held which authorized the Independent School District of Boise to issue bonds in the amount of $90,000.00 to build a school and provide it with furniture, apparatus and fixtures. Seven hundred and seventy-five persons voted in the election: 569 yes, 202 no and 4 mutilated bonds.
The first mention of the name “Roosevelt School” was made in the Board minutes of May 12, 1919. Prior to that time Board minutes referred to it as the “new east side building.” The first operational year of Roosevelt School, 1920-1921, saw many changes and modifications necessitated by the startup of a new facility. In addition to these expected inconveniences, school time was changed from Pacific to Mountain Time on December 4, 1920, in order to correspond with the change of time for the entire city.
It should be noted that in 1948, a four room addition was made to the east end of the building, incorporating two rooms upstairs and two rooms downstairs. In 1951, a three room addition was made for approximately $44,000.00. This addition was added to the east end of the building. It was one story and was to house the kindergarten and two first grade classrooms.
Thanks to the March 2006 bond election, which enabled the building, renovating, and consolidation of a number of Boise school buildings, Roosevelt received a much needed renovation which took place during the 2010-2011 school year. In the fall of 2011, students returned to brand a new Roosevelt, complete with the following updates:
- All classroom upgraded with Smartboards and phonic ear systems
- Lighting controls in each classroom to turn off bank of lights at windows when sufficient natural light is coming through
- Exterior sun shades and reflective roof on building to alleviate heat gain
- Carpeting made from remanufactured recycled goods
- Water saving devices in the bathrooms
- Full kitchen
- Added resource room
- All new doors and hardware
- Library completely redone
- Fully ADA compliant, including a new elevator and map
- All new desks, chairs, tables and other classroom furniture
- Improved security