LEWISTON — An informational meeting on the June 14 ballot question to build a $49.7 million elementary school will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Longley Elementary School.

Topics will include the school’s site, size, educational program, building schedule and costs.

Superintendent Bill Webster will give the introduction, followed by presentations by architect Jeff Larimer of Harriman Architects + Engineers. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The school would hold 888 students, combining Martel and Longley elementary schools and taking additional students from other schools to help relieve overcrowding.

The school would be built on the football field near Lewiston High School, with new fields and trails built nearby. As planned, the school would open in 2019, providing Lewiston gets permission from the federal government to replace the football field with other recreational space.

Webster said it was recently learned that the football field was built with a federal grant, which specifies that the land must be used for recreational purposes unless property for recreation of equal or greater value is substituted. Before construction begins, the federal government must approve the new recreational space.

The June 14 ballot, asking voters if they approve:

• A $49.7 million school paid with state funds; and 

• Spending $2.1 million in local money for a regulation-size gym, a baseball/field hockey field with artificial turf, and air conditioning.

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