A few different thoughts the public and I have about the new academy high school. This project is going to cost $80 million. We were told the new Cole county jail would cost $19 million. Final cost of the jail was approximately $33 million. Get the picture?
How many 14-year-old students know what they are going to be doing for the rest of their life? I thought high school was to give students a broad background education to help be prepared for any situation.
Bricks, mortar, and fancy buildings do not make a good school. It is the directions set forth by the school board, administrations, teachers and parent support.
For example: Blair Oaks High School.
If the present structures are good enough for Linn Tech and Lincoln University, then why are they not good enough for the Jefferson City Public Schools? I understand that Adkins Stadium is also in this deal. Not only did Coach Adkins put Jefferson City in the national spotlight in sports, but he and his wife are dedicated supporters of disabled veterans and deceased veterans' families. How disrespectful to the Adkins.
In my entire life I have seen this tactic being used by our school board several times. Buy the land first, and contract to sell the present facility. Then the voters have no choice but to approve a bond issue. Yes, we have a choice.
I know we need more classrooms and want to keep one high school, so why not build another structure just west of the present facility for 25 percent or less of the cost of the academy. How many people live in Jefferson City who are retired and live on a fixed income and don't have the means to pay extra taxes? Also, if you are a renter, don't expect your landlord to pick up the tab for the extra tax. If we combine this tax increase with all the other taxes our state and federal government want to increase, where does it stop? It stops here.
We have a choice.