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Your Opinion: Shape a better solution

Your Opinion: Shape a better solution

March 31st, 2013 by Steve Smart, Tebbetts in News

Dear Editor:

On April 2, I will be voting no on the Jefferson City High School and revenue issues. I also encourage you to do so as well until a plan is presented for a vote that you believe best solves the issues at hand.

The last four years JCHS has graduated an average of 510 students from the conventional high school and yet in 1976 there were about 525 graduates with all four high school grades at the JCHS/Nicholas campus. At this juncture it would be easy to launch into a litany of gratuitous buzz words and catch phrases aimed at an emotional appeal. Instead, I will present the end game and leave you with questions that could shape a solution or make a cogent argument.

If the current taxes are passed, as I understand it we will have one campus with seven mostly separate teaching buildings, each with a capacity of about 380 and each its own assistant/associate principal and staff. Other facilities/buildings will complete the campus.

What is the education and building plan once the "academics concept" falls out of favor? How many separate teaching philosophies come and go during the life-cycle of a building? What is the expansion plan for the high school beyond this stage? For the expansion beyond the proposed one, will we build a smaller academy somewhere, in addition to the proposed one? Or will we scrap out or sell the academy that would be build and build yet one bigger one? What precedents does the proposed high school expansion methodology set for future growth? Can we afford to re-build the high school every time we decide we need to expand? Is this the method we want to teach to our children for solving these kinds of issues? Should we also have one middle school instead of two? Should we also have one elementary school instead of our current set-up?

Is this the best we can do?