Forum on Lewiston High School arts wing Wednesday, maybe


LEWISTON — If there is school on Wednesday, the second community meeting on a proposed arts wing at Lewiston High School will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

If the threatened snow storm materializes and there is no school Wednesday, the community forum will be moved to Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Whether the meeting is this week or next, those attending will see the first drawings of the exterior of the proposed building by architects Lavallee/Brensinger.

“They’re presenting a plan, a layout for where the building would go and changes to the parking lot,” Superintendent Bill Webster said Monday.

The proposal would also add more parking to the high school campus.

While much is not yet known, the arts building would have to have two stories, Webster said, considering the number of classrooms needed and space available.


The cost of the proposed project and who would pay for it will not be known until late March.

When the high school was built in 1972, it did not have an auditorium or spaces for art or music.

As a result, basement storage space was turned into art and music classrooms, which students and teachers describe as crowded, noisy and lacking proper lighting and ventilation.

Additionally, the art classes are hidden from public view, so many people do not realize the classes exist.

Led by Darren Avery, head of the high school’s visual and performing arts department, supporters say a visual and performing arts wing would likely result in more students taking dance, music and art classes.

Lance Whitehead, principal in charge at Lavallee-Brensinger Architects, talks about his company and the projects it has completed at other schools during a meeting in December 2017 at Lewiston High School. Several dozen members of the public along with teachers and administrators in the school system came to hear about the possibilities and specifics of an arts wing at LHS. (Sun Journal file photo)