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JCneeds2HS 1 year ago on Our Opinion: Looking beyond the defeat of school issues

The quote used in this article "they told campaigners they simply couldn’t afford any more". Came from the campaigners of the 1 mega high school. That's not a poll.

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JCneeds2HS 1 year ago on Our Opinion: Looking beyond the defeat of school issues

The School Board has not done a comprehensive Bid to renovate the high school! The numbers are all over the board and are only estimates that started at 10.980m April 2011 and maybe 12-15m April 2012 and now 25-50m they are all estimates no details. They have intentionally inflated the renovation number to get the vote and they are wrong.

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JCneeds2HS 1 year ago on Our Opinion: Looking beyond the defeat of school issues

Now is the school board going to do what the voters and their surveys said? We want a reasonable 2 school plan including a realistic JC High School renovation bid shown to the public. It can be done.

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JCneeds2HS 1 year ago on Our Opinion: Looking beyond the defeat of school issues

When is the News Tribune Editors going to stop giving excuses for the JCPS School Board and give equal time in the article's they write? This is a referendum on two high schools.

Shame on the Jeff City School Board. Bring back a good plan to build a second high school and I have no doubt it will pass.

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JCneeds2HS 1 year ago on Our Opinion: Looking beyond the defeat of school issues

GDAWG 1 day, 3 hours ago

Last night I said on a comment that I bet they say this defeat was caused by the bad economy and the anti-tax climate. Well guess what folks, that is exactly what they are saying. Wake up, this was not a vote on "pocketbook". It was a referendum on two high schools. Also, it was a vote on disapproval of how this whole issue was handled. Disregarding the survey, buying the land without input, designing the mega school, brokering deals to sell off the current buildings and stadium, and then deliberately running an under-the-radar campaign to keep vote totals low. Shame on the Jeff City School Board. Bring back a good plan to build a second high school and I have no doubt it will pass.

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JCneeds2HS 1 year ago on Educator: Academies target ‘relevancy piece’

Academy Educational Trend Concerns: Before we invest $80+M in facilities driven solely by an educational methodology, let’s be sure we have the data and facts to predict the success rate of academies. What are the risk mitigation steps that have been taken? •Are there schools/academies comparable to the JC Academy plan, with population size of the 300-500 students per academy? •Is there a direct comparison where the only public high school in the district is academy-based? •How many examples of successful academies with supporting data to verify their increased performance are we using to make this decision? •Most organizations will run a successful pilot program to validate expected outcomes prior to investing heavily in a process, product, or program. Do we have that much data proving that this educational trend is risk free, therefore, no pilot required? •What are the high performing Missouri traditional high schools doing differently from JCHS? Academies?

Staffing Concerns: Does the academy model require more staffing than a traditional two high school approach? Yes. The academy model currently has 205 teachers assigned for 2700 students. If the student population is split into two high schools there is existing staff positions that can be allocated to both schools. Numerous Missouri high schools with 1,400 students operate with between 75-90 teachers. •Traditional high schools with a student enrollment of 2700 and greater operate at a much lower staffing level than 205. No Missouri high school examples are given because there are no other Missouri high schools with a larger student enrollment than 2,700. Kansas largest high school is Manhattan HS with 2,073 students. ◦Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL – 2,755 students – 168 teachers ◦Oak Park and Riverforest High School, Oak Park, IL – 3182 students - 193 teachers ◦Maine South High School, Park Ridge, Il– 2,626 students – 171 teachers ◦York Comm High School, Elmhurst, Il – 2,624 students – 166 teachers

•What are the special training requirements for academy teachers? Can they be achieved and maintained? •Academy model requires 8+ principals plus supporting staff for each academy and campus administration.

Facility/Cost Concerns: •What is the cost of 1 campus? •1 academy at 45,000sf X $per sf = ? 7 academies at 45,000sf X $per sf = ? Campus Center - Admin/Food service = How many sf./estimate? Fleming Fieldhouse = ? Stadium = ? Weber Athletic Training Center = ? Soccer Complex = ? Baseball Complex = ? Parking = ? •Campus Security Requirement and Cost? •Current student population is approximately 2,670. What is the projected annual growth rate? What will the projected population be in 10-15 years? •What is the maximum student population planned for the one campus plan? •When will a second high school be required?

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JCneeds2HS 1 year ago on High school ballot issues define board race

Academy Educational Trend Concerns: Before we invest $80+M in facilities driven solely by an educational methodology, let’s be sure we have the data and facts to predict the success rate of academies. What are the risk mitigation steps that have been taken?
•Are there schools/academies comparable to the JC Academy plan, with population size of the 300-500 students per academy? •Is there a direct comparison where the only public high school in the district is academy-based? •How many examples of successful academies with supporting data to verify their increased performance are we using to make this decision? •Most organizations will run a successful pilot program to validate expected outcomes prior to investing heavily in a process, product, or program. Do we have that much data proving that this educational trend is risk free, therefore, no pilot required? •What are the high performing Missouri traditional high schools doing differently from JCHS? Academies?

Staffing Concerns: Does the academy model require more staffing than a traditional two high school approach? Yes. The academy model currently has 205 teachers assigned for 2700 students. If the student population is split into two high schools there is existing staff positions that can be allocated to both schools. Numerous Missouri high schools with 1,400 students operate with between 75-90 teachers. •Traditional high schools with a student enrollment of 2700 and greater operate at a much lower staffing level than 205. No Missouri high school examples are given because there are no other Missouri high schools with a larger student enrollment than 2,700. Kansas largest high school is Manhattan HS with 2,073 students. ◦Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL – 2,755 students – 168 teachers ◦Oak Park and Riverforest High School, Oak Park, IL – 3182 students - 193 teachers ◦Maine South High School, Park Ridge, Il– 2,626 students – 171 teachers ◦York Comm High School, Elmhurst, Il – 2,624 students – 166 teachers

•What are the special training requirements for academy teachers? Can they be achieved and maintained? •Academy model requires 8+ principals plus supporting staff for each academy and campus administration.

Facility/Cost Concerns: •What is the cost of 1 campus? •1 academy at 45,000sf X $per sf = ? 7 academies at 45,000sf X $per sf = ? Campus Center - Admin/Food service = How many sf./estimate? Fleming Fieldhouse = ? Stadium = ? Weber Athletic Training Center = ? Soccer Complex = ? Baseball Complex = ? Parking = ? •Campus Security Requirement and Cost? •Current student population is approximately 2,670. What is the projected annual growth rate? What will the projected population be in 10-15 years? •What is the maximum student population planned for the one campus plan? •When will a second high school be required?

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JCneeds2HS 1 year ago on Town, educators, students at Arkansas school hail academies

Bentonville School Article Click on the link below to view the Video nwahomepage.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=278167 Parents React to Bentonville School Board Decision By: Nina Criscuolo Updated: October 18, 2011 The Bentonville School Board has decided not to build a second high school. Now parents in the district are speaking out. Currently more than 36-hundred kids pack the Bentonville High School. By 2020 that number is expected rise above five-thousand students. To ease the crowding the school board voted to build a ninth grade center. Bentonville voters will have the last say on this issue and right now some are not happy with the option the school board is putting on the ballot. Of the folks who spoke before the board Monday night, the majority wanted a second high school and worry a ninth grade center is only a band-aid fix. "Past time for two high school definitely," says Kisheen Miller. "I just feel like a ninth grade center is a short-term solution to a long-term problem," says Wendi Cheatham. "It's not a ninth grade academy, it's an expanded high school. It's going to be a 53-hundred student population high school." "They're disappointed immensely." says board member Travis Riggs. "They were disappointed we didn't do it last time, so now a second time we've said no." He spear-headed the argument for a second high school. "We told the community when we voted on this last time, we would come back and give you the question of a second high school and basically we didn't do that," says Riggs. He and Willie Cowgur were out-number by the five other board members, lead by Bryan Vernetti, who says he wanted a ninth grade center for economic reasons. "We're going to try to do the best job we can taking into account, not only the quality of education, but also the impact that the school system has on the tax payers budgets," says Vernetti. Tuesday, parents who agree with the decision seem to be the minority. "I was hoping they would go that way, so I'm happy," says Cherlyn Jenson. Meaning the school district may have a big hurdle getting voters to back their choice. "I think it's going to take a lot of convincing from the school board and the people who do want a ninth grade center to change my mind and other people's minds that the ninth grade center's the way to go,' says mother Deanna Moser. "Boy, I don't know. We'll see how it goes," says Riggs. The ninth grade center would cost tax payers about 60-million dollars, which breaks down to about 150-dollars in property taxes for someone with a 200-thousand dollar house. Bentonville folks will head to the polls this spring. A group of parents at the Monday meeting say they will form an opposition to the millage vote for a ninth grade center.

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