2 schools of thought

Jackie Coleman, who served for 15 years as a board member with the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education, voices her concerns while addressing the current board during an open forum at Monday night’s meeting.

Jackie Coleman, who served for 15 years as a board member with the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education, voices her concerns while addressing the current board during an open forum at Monday night’s meeting.

After simmering quietly for years, tensions regarding the construction of a new high school erupted to the surface Monday night at the Jefferson City School Board’s meeting.

Speaking before the entire board for the first time, Rod Burnett and Dan Ortmeyer, spokesmen for “Citizens for 2 Public High Schools,” shared their group’s concerns about the board’s plan to move forward with a single new high school east of Missouri 179.

“We believe the two high school option is the way to go,” Burnett said.

He warned the board he doesn’t believe voters can be persuaded to accept a single high school. “You’ll be spending additional tax money to support an initiative the district doesn’t want,” he said. “We are not anti-tax. We could be some of your biggest supporters.”

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