Plans for a much anticipated professional-technical academy that would have involved 14 public school districts in north central Idaho have vanished in the wake of a financial setback for the project's funder.

Mere hours after the superintendents of the school districts met in Lewiston on Jan. 10 to sign a $10 million grant proposal that would have been submitted to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, they were notified the funding had been pulled.

The academy would have prepared students throughout the state for business and technical careers. ...

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