Lewiston’s high school replacement project, on hold after two bond failures, is now on track for a 2018 construction start.
The new 204,000-square-foot Lewiston High School building is targeted to open in the 2020 school year after the passage of a $59.8 million bond measure in March.
The new high school will allow the district to shift ninth-grade students from the middle school to the high school, Lewiston Independent School District Superintendent Bob Donaldson said. The existing high school was built in 1928 and 1954.
“The old high school does not meet current and future education needs,” Donaldson said.
Fourteen classrooms at the historic high school measure only 650 square feet. The new school will have 900-square-foot classrooms and a 34,000-square-foot career technical center.
Lewiston High School is the only 5A high school – the largest classification In Idaho – between Coeur d’Alene and Boise, he said.
The new high school will be relocated to a 300-acre site jointly owned by the school district, city of Lewiston and Lewis Clark State College. The high school will have 80 acres of the site.
The architects are LKV Architects of Boise and RGU Architecure of Lewiston. The construction manager/general contractor is a partnership of Leone & Keeble Inc. of Spokane and Kenaston Corp. of Lewiston.
The school district has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the city of Lewiston for the city’s non-cash acquisition of the back 5 acres of the existing Lewis High School, including the gymnasium, technology education building and tennis courts. The school district will keep the main building, built in 1928 with two wings added in 1954, and move the district offices into the old high school, Donaldson said.