Petitioners against an upgrade to Pocatello High School spoke last night at a school board work session meeting.
They said they're afraid the upgrade won't stay true the historic design of the rest of the school.
The upgrade would connect the school's main two buildings with a two story addition, an amenity School District 25 says other high schools already have.
School district officials say this is the first time petitioners went through proper channels to have their voice heard.
Officials explain they haven't finalized any design plans with Hummel Architects. Workups by Hummel show a transparent glass structure.
"Even if you don't like the glass, the glass is an element that preserves that architecture," says Courtney Fisher, the Communications and Community Relations Specialist for School District 25, "Some of the other designs that we saw were not transparent buildings that would cover. Because there's...only a limited amount of space that you can make this renovation and make this addition to Pocatello. If it's not transparent, it covers up that architecture."
In a statement, the creator of the petition Steven Mccurdy says:
"Although they don’t comment on petitions during the meeting, I don’t think we changed any minds. I am hoping that on reflection...they can see that together we can improve and make the process better and certainly make an improved Pocatello High School —one that is more consistent and compatible with its historic architecture. Until then we wait for their response and continue with OUR efforts to ‘Save Pocatello High School.’"