Lewiston will take a third run at replacing high school

The Lewiston School District will take a third run at a bond issue to replace its 88-year-old high school.

But no election date has been set yet.

“The (school) board acknowledges that work remains to properly frame a proposal that can be presented to voters,” according to a statement on the district’s website.

In May, trustees voted unanimously to pursue a new high school, rather than renovate the old high school.

Built in 1928, Lewiston High School has a variety of problems, as chronicled in an October 2015 Idaho Education News article. Some exterior doors are recessed in alcoves, and are inaccessible to students with disabilities. Classrooms are cramped — and at 600 square feet, they fall well below the 900-square-foot standard in newer high schools. The school’s elevator doesn’t go to the third floor.

However, convincing voters to replace the old school has proven problematic. Two $52 million bond issues have fallen short of the needed two-thirds supermajority.