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Big crowd at school forum largely silent

Big crowd at school forum largely silent

December 18th, 2012 in News

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.