Big crowd at school forum largely silent

Although some of the 170 people who gathered in the Jefferson City High School cafeteria clearly favor building a second high school, few appeared to leave the meeting irate with Superintendent Brian Mitchell or the Jefferson City Board of Education, whose members by-and-large favor a single, new high school.

The forum-style meeting was a chance for listeners to hear more about the school board’s plans to build a second high school east of Missouri 179 and sell the current Union Street campus. It also served as a chance for people who prefer a second high school — and other naysayers — to voice their questions and concerns.

But few chose to step to the microphone and vent their dismay.

Rod Burnett, spokesman for “Citizens for Two Public High Schools, struck a conciliatory tone.

“We want a solution. We want something to pass,” he said.

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