What is future for JC high school?

Nearly 100 attend first forum to discuss options

For 100 minutes, nearly 100 Jefferson City School District residents discussed the future of the schools’ secondary education program on Thursday night.

Superintendent Brian Mitchell formed a 40-member task force in October 2009, asking them “to look at grades 6-12 — what we’re currently doing and what our graduates should have ... to ensure that they have the most successful and the brightest future ahead of them.”

The Secondary Schools Task Force eventually settled on three options for public discussion — all involving the idea of “academies,” or smaller “learning communities” within a larger high school, with one option including construction of a second high school.

School Board Vice President Alan Mudd told the crowd: “There’s no preconceived decision on the part of the Board of Education or the school district about which option is best. That’s why you’re here. That’s why we want your opinions.”

Secondary Education Director Myron Graber said the future classes and curriculum will be based on a “21st Century Curriculum,” which he described as “being pushed by business and industry, saying, ‘We have to prepare our young people today to be prepared to go into a global economy and workforce — because we are currently not getting the job done across the nation.’”

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