March 16, 1997 in Nation/World

School Chief Wants Defunct Dog Track

By The Spokesman-Review

If he were placing a bet at the Coeur d’Alene Greyhound Park, Dick Harris would put long odds on his letter to Paul Bryant.

The Post Falls superintendent of schools has written the owner of the defunct dog track, asking if he’d donate the place to the school district for use as a high school.

“It’s a long shot,” Harris said. “But I figured, why not give it a try?”

Harris likes the idea of putting a much-needed new school right next door to the proposed University of Idaho research park, and the existing North Idaho College Workforce Training Center.

Pat Leffel loves the idea it was his, after all.

The manager of the Riverbend Commerce Park thinks the high school’s presence would be the “icing on the cake” for the proposed Riverbend Research and Training park.

Leffel helped with the school district’s recent attempt to get voter approval for a new high school. The bond election failed last fall for a third time.

Even if Bryant handed over the keys to the racetrack, the school district would have to seek more property taxes.

It would cost an estimated $5 million to remodel the racetrack building and $10 million to add needed extra space.

Building a high school from scratch on ground already owned by the district would cost about $20 million.

, DataTimes

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