JC plan is No. 1 in school size

District: Academies are best way to create smaller learning communities; Patron: District’s plan would create ‘mega’ high school campus

If all Jefferson City high school students were combined on one campus, it would be the largest high school in the state, home to about 2,670 students.

That’s what the Jefferson City Board of Education is proposing to do with its plan to build a single, replacement high school on the land it purchased three weeks ago east of Missouri 179. But by breaking up that campus into smaller learning communities, called academies, the board hopes to address the community’s concerns about such a large high school.

However, Dan Ortmeyer — a member of the JCHS Class of 1978 — is in the early stages of building a coalition to support an alternative — construction of a second school and the preservation of the existing campus.

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