Great idea! I would love to see this. We have been traveling to Linn Tech and Osage Beach for our preteen basketball leagues. I agree with JCLifer in that it should be a multipurpose facility that is adaptable to all sorts of uses. Jefferson City does need this and we need to do it right. The Linn Tech facility is very nice - obviously, their needs are different ours but it might be a good idea to draw from their concepts.
I think they did listen when the voters said give us an affordable solution. I don't think the Superintendent was ignoring the people at all. I think he was listening. People will not vote for the kind of tax increase it will take to operate two schools on a day in and day out basis. They just won't.
So, you would for vote a tax increase twice what they are proposing now? They are proposing 55 cents per hundred and two schools will cost from 85 cents to $1.10 per hundred. I just want to be clear - if two high schools were on the ballot April 2 for $1.10 per hundred, you would vote yes.
We've needed a solution for this overcrowding issue for many years. I appreciate everyone who has taken the time and effort to find affordable solutions that meet the needs of this community. This is a good plan and a great time to implement it as the bond rates are the lowest they will probably ever be. Let's make this investment in our community.
JCLifer and Dave, so what would you propose as a solution? Have you done any research on your own to try to validate or discount any of the options?
backesmarc, I appreciate all the work you did on the secondary committee. you and your wife dedicated citizens who were willing to give that much time to this district and willing to find solutions for all of our kids. I truly appreciated the comments you made at the school board meeting last night. I applaud you!
What was ignored? I don't think anyone is ignoring the part of the survey that says, "we aren't willing to pay the cost." The second high school failed at vote the last time it was put on the ballot.
Did you read the part of the survey where the 74% of the people dropped down to 49% of the people when they heard how much it was going to cost? Did you read the part of the survey that said 66% of the people would vote for a different option if it fit their price range?
I completely agree that we've had bad planning in the past. I completely agree that the people in charge were afraid to tackle the issue BUT what is the right solution now? and what are people willing to pay for? It would be difficult to conduct classes during a renovation. I spoke to a former teacher from Columbia. She said teaching during a remodel was extremely difficult and having two high schools was divisive for the community. I would love to have 2 debate teams, 2 student councils but who is going to fund that. I do not believe this community is willing to shell out money for 2 of anything. I have enough fundraising cards in my possession. I'm not sure I'm willing to double that. Actually, I would but I know a lot of parents that would be making choices which means there wouldn't be enough money OR parent volunteers to support those 2 debate teams, 2 cheerleading groups.
I believe it would be in Foundation Knowledge & Skills in the center of the ring for the basic skills then they might also teach a more advanced Geometry course to those students who have chosen the academy that focuses on math.
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