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Members of the dais look toward school board member John Ruth as he expounds upon the reasoning for a single high school in the Jefferson City Public Schools system. Officials were at the Mission Road round-about Oct. 1, 2012, to make an announcement regarding the purchase of land and the location of the proposed new high school. Next to Ruth is Dennis Nickelson and Joy Sweeny, both on the school board, Brian Mitchell, superintendent, and architect Cary Gampher.

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One high school or two?

JC board members spell out their stands on issue

Six of Jefferson City’s seven school board members are convinced that replacing the city’s existing high school with a new one is the best possible option, if the community hopes to remain competitive in a global marketplace. Only one member has raised concerns the district is not headed in the right direction.

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School board purchases land for new high school

Plan must still be approved by voters

School leaders Monday unveiled plans to construct a replacement high school, saying it would meet the district's need for space "well into the next century." The announcement to faculty and reporters came shortly after the Jefferson City school board purchased more than 118 acres east of Missouri 179 for about $3.1 million.

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