Purchase of land proof of one-school commitment

Jefferson City Schools Superintendent Brian Mitchell addresses those assembled for the announcement of the location of the proposed new high school, located just north of Mission Drive and the new St. Mary’s Hospital.

Jefferson City Schools Superintendent Brian Mitchell addresses those assembled for the announcement of the location of the proposed new high school, located just north of Mission Drive and the new St. Mary’s Hospital. Photo by Julie Smith.

Based on last year’s official enrollment numbers, the most recent available, Jefferson City’s Public School District is the state’s 21st largest.

The top 20 districts all have at least two public high schools — and most in that list have three, four or five high schools.

Although the district is 21st, Jefferson City High School is the state’s 11th largest — a situation that continues to prompt some Mid-Missourians to argue school officials are out of touch because they won’t propose having two public high schools.

“That’s a question we’ve heard,” Superintendent Brian Mitchell told reporters during Monday’s news conference announcing the purchase of 118 acres as the site of a proposed new high school complex.

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Earlier coverage:

School board purchases land for new high school

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