The Board of Directors unanimously voted to pursue new construction over a renovation and remodel of the current Lewiston High School campus during the regular meeting on May 9. This action was taken following a careful process to examine the pros and cons for both options. A recap of the “critical path” activities and decisions include:
- Adopting a Resolution for establishing a Comprehensive Grades 9-12 High School in Lewiston (September 2013).
- Conducting public forums to frame a common understanding of the evidence for and academic advantages of a comprehensive grades 9-12 high school.
- Selecting a new architectural firm: Issued Request for Qualifications (RFQ); convened a community selection review committee; named finalist firms as recommended by the selection review committee; traveled to project sites in the Boise and Yakima valleys; conducted reference checks, and entered into contract with joint venture LKV-RGU for District architectural services.
- Examining the benefits of contracting with a construction management/general contractor firm: Issued an RFQ; the community selection review committee met and vetted proposals; finalist firms were recommended and interviewed; negotiated and entered into contract with Kenaston-Leone & Keeble Group for CM-GC services.
- Engaging LKV-RGU to produce a Feasibility Study of the current LHS campus (June 2015).
- Engaging LKV-RGU to complete a Comparative Analysis of recent renovation projects similar in scope to Lewiston High School.
- Engaging the District’s team of professionals (LKV/RGU Architects and Kenaston-Leone & Keeble) to prepare cost estimates for two options under consideration: Renovate and remodel current LHS campus, construct a new high school on the Lewiston Orchards site (presented March 14 at the LCSC Activity Center).
- Providing an expanded public comment period during the April 11 Board meeting at the Red Lion Seaport Room to hear opinions about the two options under consideration. Patrons were also invited to provide Public Comments via the District’s website (survey closed May 10).
While a date for a bond election has not been determined at this time, the Board remains committed to keeping the community informed during each step of the process. The Board acknowledges that work remains to properly frame a proposal that can be presented to voters. These steps will be defined and presented to the community as they unfold.