Gotigers - No that is not accurate. On the concept drawing there is a building that says Administration and Food Services, but that is for principals, vice principals and other high school office staff. The district board office will remain where it is on Dunklin Street.
The 3 Rs are still very important, but there are 3 more Rs that also have to be in place in today's schools. Kids need Relationships, they need to know why school is Relevant to real life and they need a variety of classes to provide Rigorous coursework. The way kids learn today is changing and evolving, and the way we teach our kids has to change too. In the Academies - class sizes will be smaller. All students in each academy will have the basic 3 Rs, but in a smaller learning environment with other students that have similar interests.
I think there would be a huge disconnect in this community with two public high schools. Other places mentioned like Columbia, Blue Springs, Springfield, etc. are larger communities. I believe the district is doing what it feels is best for the this small, unique, Capitol City community. Extra curricular activities are great, but I do not think we should let that drive the wealth of academics that can occur in one high school. Perhaps in one high school there can be new opportunities for additional sports and clubs to include more kids.
If you want to get an idea of the parking space take a look at the concept of the facilities at newjchs.us. Keep in mind it is just a concept and those artist renderings could change. I truly don't believe that athletics is driving the one high school idea. With one high school you can offer more classes, and have more opportunities for kids to be involved in clubs. When you mention attracting businesses to this community, remember we do have at least three high schools here with JC, Helias and Calvary Lutheran. All of which offer very different approaches to education.
Gotigers - it is my understanding that building one brand new high school for JC came to light when there was interest from LU and Linn State to purchase the current campus. That inspired a new thought of building one new high school on more land which also would provide better building facilities for the 7 academies. The news release from the district about this is from April 24th.
You are right that the majority of people said they wanted two high schools two years ago when the survey took place, but that question was asked before providing a possible price tag. If you look at the survey results from what people said they wanted after they were given an estimate for how much two high schools would cost the percentage of supporters for two high schools went below 50%.
The public schools receive local tax dollars from property taxes. They don't receive tax payer money from the state for kids they don't educate in the public school system. Actually Columbia has at least 11 private schools 5 of which include students through the high school years.
Maybe it is selfish, but I would not want my kids to attend the "old" JCHS if a second new high school was built. Many parents would not be "just fine" with sending their kids to the old school if they contribute tax dollars to the new one too. I want the future students of Jefferson City to have the best of everything and splitting this community between two high schools(and this is not about sports!) is not a good idea.
JCLifer - The Academies are exactly what you are saying you want. It will be basically 7 smaller schools within a single high school campus. The kids will be able to build relationships with other kids that have similar interests as well as teachers they will see everyday for several years. There will be many more opportunities for students to get involved in activities that weren't offered before.
Gotigers - the current stadium improvements were not paid for by tax dollars. The money was raised by booster clubs and individuals in the community to redo the current field, locker room and track. All of the money donated for that will be included the sale of the existing campus and all of the bricks and pieces that individuals purchased will be moved to the new high school site. Also how do you keep the same student teacher ratio when you have a growing number of students and split the current number of teachers in half? Check your own logic please.
A vote against this is a vote against our Jefferson City public school students. Our students are overcrowding Simonsen and JCHS, and the classes now in Kindergarten and First grade are upwards of 700 to 800 students. We don't have the buildings that will hold all those kids! Two high schools is more expensive! You have to hire two sets of faculty and staff and all the facilities at each high school have to be exactly the same and equal. All of the faculty and staff I have talked to within the district are excited about the land purchase, one new high school and the change to academies. I will vote for anything that helps our kids!
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