The voters of this community will never vote in the kind of tax increase it would take to build and run two high schools. You say TWO HIGHSCHOOLS ARE BETTER THAN ONE! but you didn't say you were willing to pay for it and the voters of this community wouldn't vote to pay for it either. Two might be better than one but we need to come up with a solution that people are willing to pay for. Please tell me what that looks like.
And my point is that you say "everyone" is clamoring for 2 high schools but no one wants to pay for it. It will increase the property taxes - quite a bit more than one school and when "everyone" sees that, they will vote no and we will be back exactly where we are right now so really, what is the right solution? I'm telling you people will not vote for the tax increase for 2 high schools.
I don't understand. There were months and months of open houses to discuss the various possibilities. The district has been seeking input from the community for over a year. They took that input and devised a plan. Now that they have unveiled a plan, people want to criticize the plan. If people wanted two high schools for years and years, why didn't those people do something about it years and years ago? Why didn't these people run for school board so they could put an issue on the ballot? Why didn't these people make their opinions known years and years ago? More importantly, why didn't these people stand up and say, "I'm willing to pay for this" years and years ago? Because people like to sit back and criticize the work other people do when they are unwilling to do the work themselves.
Please visit this website. It will show you what they are going to study. They CHOOSE what they are going to study.
You really need to look at this website. As you can see, there is an academy for Industrial & Engineering Technology that focuses on several trade and technical skill groups. The whole point of this academy model is to serve students better - not focusing on only college prep courses. That is why I am completely for the academy model. You really should look at this website. It provides a lot of good information. You might not agree with it but you should, at least, open your mind to the possibilities.
Lincoln plans to use the high school to expand their nursing program which currently has a two year waiting list. The extra space will allow them to move more people into that program more quickly. They also plan to use the music and choir facilities in the current high school to expand their music department. They do not know yet what they are going to do with Simonsen.
I love this idea! I am happy these institutions are thinking outside the box and collaborating with one another to provide good educational opportunities to our students.
We have been putting band aids on that high school for too many years. The Simonsen facility is not efficient for the needs of our students. It originally started in the hands of Lincoln University. It is part of their history. I believe they are happy to have it back.
I hope the voters of this community will make an investment in the future of our students. This is a great opportunity for this community.
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