School board purchases land for new high school
Plan must still be approved by voters
Monday, October 1, 2012
School leaders Monday unveiled plans to construct a replacement high school, saying it would meet the district's need for space "well into the next century." The announcement to faculty and reporters came shortly after the Jefferson City school board purchased more than 118 acres east of Missouri 179 for about $3.1 million.
If approved by the voters, the new high school will be situated east of Missouri 179 and north of Mission Drive.
After examining about 13 locations, both Superintendent Brian Mitchell and Board President Joy Sweeney noted the Missouri 179 location was "our No. 1 priority site." The board was searching for a site between 80 and 100 or more acres.
Mitchell said the possibility of selling the current campus at 609 Union St. to Linn State Technical College and Lincoln University made the land purchase doable. Negotiations for that transaction aren't complete yet.
Read additional details in our morning newspaper or e-Edition for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.