West Ada gets go-ahead for new high school

After three weeks in land-use limbo, a new West Ada School District high school has the green light.

The Meridian City Council approved plans Tuesday for a new high school west of city limits, Patty Bowen of the Idaho Press reported.

On Oct. 2, the council had placed West Ada’s requests on hold.

The Owyhee High School proposal was the big-ticket item from a $95 million bond issue voters approved in March. With a price tag of $60 million, and a capacity of 1,800 students, the new high school is designed to alleviate overcrowding in Idaho’s largest school district.

District officials had hoped to open Owyhee in the fall of 2020. They now say a 2021 opening is more likely.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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