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Your Opinion: Full disclosure needed on school plan

Your Opinion: Full disclosure needed on school plan

December 15th, 2012 by Stuart Howser, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

I too attended the school board meeting Monday night. I wanted to hear the argument from the group supporting two schools and the argument of the school board for one school.

What I heard was Rod Burnett, speaking on the behalf of the Concerned Citizens JC Needs Two Separate High Schools, state that he neither opposed a single-school solution, nor entirely supported a two-school solution. He merely thought that before the community voted on an $80 million commitment, we should have the opportunity to view the research data the school board stated led them to the single school solution.

He made a very reasonable suggestion, post the relevant data on the school boards Website, let the public make an educated decision. John Ruth, board member, stated that the board could probably have done a better job of educating the public about the data and the decision making process; however, the board stopped shy of committing to publish the data.

Undoubtedly, the school board is in a difficult position - how to resolve the educational challenges facing Jefferson City High School in a manner that will garner popular (majority vote) support. Full disclosure of the data and perhaps a question and answer forum with the board - I would suggest that other consultants involved be available to explain issues of building remodeling and operating cost; and required staffing levels of either two or single campus - would provide the Jefferson City populace with the information needed to make an educated decision.

Is not the ultimate goal of our school board to educate our populace?